Measles – Gone Viral

Emil Nolde (German/Danish, 1867-1956)

Emil Nolde (German/Danish, 1867-1956)


MEASLES is the greatest vaccine-preventable killer of children in the world today. Nine out of ten people who are not immunised will contract the virus if they share the same living space with an infected person. In 1980 the disease was responsible for 2.6m deaths globally. By 2013, when 84% of children aged 12 months or less received a dose of the vaccine, the death toll had fallen to 145,700.

Reason versus Right! – No More Personal Exemption!

imageWhat  about a school’s legal responsibility to its students?

Dorit Reiss, professor at Hastings School of Law, has written extensively about the potential legal ramification of not vaccinating a child and giving parents of an infected child the right to sue. But Reiss believes a court might have trouble finding a school negligent for allowing unvaccinated children to attend, absent an outbreak. However, she clarified, during a health threat, such as the current measles one, schools do have the authority to bar unvaccinated students. And they could, she said, potentially be held legally accountable, by a parent or a teacher, for not protecting their community.

How Schools Are Dealing With Anti-Vaccine Parents

Measles is not a benign disease.

Child with measles. Eyes of child with measles. CDC 1999 Barbara Rice

Child with measles.
Eyes of child with measles.
CDC 1999 Barbara Rice

Before the vaccine, the United States saw approximately 4 million cases of measles each year and 400 to 500 deaths. These are the stats that vaccine-deniers tend to emphasize—a relatively low number of deaths compared with the number of infections. However, those statistics alone leave out a big part of measles infections. Prevaccine, almost 48,000 people were also hospitalized each year because of measles and measles complications. One in 20 of those infected developed pneumonia. More rarely but more seriously, each year 1,000 became chronically disabled due to measles encephalitis.

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Garth Williams. The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, 1954. Garth Williams. The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, 1954.

Almost 8,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been reported to California's Public Health Department so far this year. More than 250 patients have been hospitalized, nearly all of them infants and young children, and 58 have required intensive care. Why is this preventable respiratory infection making a comeback.

In the 1990s, when new vaccines were introduced, the news media were obsessed with the notion that vaccines might be doing more harm than good. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine might cause autism, we were told. Thimerosal, an ethyl-mercury containing preservative in some vaccines, might cause developmental delays. Too many vaccines given too soon, the stories went, might overwhelm a child’s immune system.

Then those stories disappeared. One reason was that study after study showed that these concerns were ill-founded. Another was that the famous 1998 report claiming to show a link between vaccinations and autism was retracted by The Lancet, the medical journal that had published it. The study was not only spectacularly wrong, as more than a dozen studies have shown, but also fraudulent. The author, British surgeon Andrew Wakefield, has since been stripped of his medical license.

But the damage was done. Countless parents became afraid of vaccines. As a consequence, many parents now choose to delay, withhold, separate or space out vaccines. Some don’t vaccinate their children at all. A 2006 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that between 1991 and 2004, the percentage of children whose parents had chosen to opt out of vaccines increased by 6% a year, resulting in a more than twofold increase.

Whooping cough, mumps and measles are making an alarming comeback, thanks to seriously misguided parents.

7 Day Measles – Cough, Coryza, and Conjunctivitis

Last year there were 20 million cases of measles in the world and 122,000 deaths.[1] We need to realize that we are not alone here. We are not isolated in the United States. International travel is common, and if you choose not to vaccinate yourself or your child, you put yourself at risk because international travel is common and because, frankly, we live in a global sea of measles.

Paul A. Offit, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Chief,

Measles Outbreaks in the US: Why Now?

Signs and Symptoms of Measles

Complication of Measles

Vaccine Information Center

About 30% of measles cases develop one or more complications:

Pneumonia, which is the complication that is most often the cause of death in young children.

Ear infections occur in about 1 in 10 measles cases and permanent loss of hearing can result.