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WebShaman
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: The Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

IP logged posted posted 07-23-2013 10:29 Edit Quote

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

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Ms. Jenkins was an infant in 1998, when this region of southwest Wales was a hotbed of resistance to a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Many here refused the vaccine for their children after a British doctor, Andrew Wakefield, suggested it might cause autism and a local newspaper heavily covered the fears. Resistance continued even after the autism link was disproved.

The bill has now come due.

A measles outbreak infected 1,219 people in southwest Wales between November 2012 and early July, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011.

One of the infected was Ms. Jenkins, whose grandmother, her guardian, hadn't vaccinated her as a young child. "I was afraid of the autism," says the grandmother, Margaret Mugford, 63 years old. "It was in all the papers and on TV."



I can distinctly remember discussing (and debating) about this awhile back here at the Asylum.

The things that fear and panic can lead to...*sigh*

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 07-24-2013 09:26 Edit Quote
quote:
The things that fear and panic can lead to...*sigh*



Not to mention greed - Wakefield apparently did what he did to push his own alternative vaccine.

Measles has a death rate of 0.3% on the first infection, not to mention the non-leathal effects -
many a child may have survived measles, but only with brain damage.

SleepingWolf
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IP logged posted posted 09-26-2013 00:58 Edit Quote

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