02 June 2014

Can you spot the problem?

Nearly all of the measles cases this year have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people. “The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who got measles in other countries, brought the virus back to the United States and spread to others in communities where many people are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases...

Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 122,000 die from the disease each year.  Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, meaning that there was no longer continuous measles transmission for more than 12 months.
Via The Dish.


  1. I try pointing out this information to anti-vaxxers as a reason why vaccinations are important, but I'd have more luck convincing my parakeet. It doesn't matter what sort of evidence you provide; they'll always comeback with the excuse that the information is falsified or from a source that can't be trusted. I recently got myself into a conversation on the difference between ethyl mercury (found in vaccines) and methyl mercury (highly toxic). I cited my information, but was shut down simply because my source linked to the evil CDC. smh

  2. What about non-vaccinated people who migrate from other countries? I would suspect them much quicker than non-vaccinated Americans.

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/laws-regs/vaccination-immigration/revised-vaccination-immigration-faq.html#whatvaccines

      What vaccines are required for U.S. immigration?

      At this time,* vaccines for these diseases are currently required for U.S. immigration:

      Tetanus and diphtheria
      Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
      Hepatitis A
      Hepatitis B
      Meningococcal disease
      Pneumococcal disease
      Seasonal influenza

    2. "With 138 cases of measles in Ohio confirmed as of Thursday, state officials say the origin of this outbreak... came from members of the Amish community who traveled to the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic."

      "All of the cases are linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, where a visitor who’d traveled to Indonesia became infected with measles – and then returned to the U.S., spreading it to the largely unvaccinated church community." http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/measles-outbreak-tied-texas-megachurch-sickens-21-f8C11009315

      "The most recent case stems from a confirmed measles infection that came from a man who travelled to the Philippines... It has now infected two people in Hamilton and another in Halton region." (Canada)

  3. Are they required for visiting?

  4. How do you expect to impose vaccinations on these visitors?

    Immigrants bringing diseases across border? - http://www.abc15.com/news/national/immigrants-bringing-diseases-across-border

  5. Why would you be quicker to suspect people from other countries? Can't we focus on what we have here, and not look elsewhere to place the blame?
    I have met more anti-vaccers than people visiting from other countries.


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