I admit to being old (84), but I had a brother who died from the measles when he was 18 months old, and my mother never got over his death. I had the measles as a child and it left me with a compromised immune system which has dogged me for the rest of my life. I would urge all parents to have their children immunised.
As a person with a couple of advanced degrees, it is interesting to me to see what people call science that is no more than their disguised beliefs. This is an excessive reaction for something that did not merit it. If warranted, it would be statistically impossible that only the reached people actually were infected, but none of the 179 people who were not reached were. If this disease was as contagious as this article makes it to be, millions would become infected.
Another one, the child was immunized with one dose that supposedly provides immunity in 93% of the cases. But the article seems to suggest that the heavy exposure overruled the immune system. What is light and what is heavy exposure? It is supposed to be the same virus and if the body has immunity to it, heavy exposure has no additional effect.
Omar, re your second point I would suggest you read the article in Nature that is hyperlinked (also linked below). Also linked below are data from the WHO that shows the variability in the burden of measles. Re your first point the very reason millions aren’t infected is because of vaccination.
It’s the measles. It’s not ebola. It’s really not that big of a deal.
It’s a long article, so you may have missed this line: “In some parts of the world, measles is still endemic, and among the leading causes of death in children.”
I do think it would have been helpful if the article had listed some of the more serious consequences of measles: blindness, encephalitis, continued immune suppression leading to infection from other causes, extreme dehydration, ear infections, and pneumonia (causing respiratory complications, probably the main cause of death.)
Those rumors that tried to connect autism to vaccines came at a time (1970’s) when they didn’t know what caused autism and blaming the vaccines was just one theory that proved over the years proved to be wrong. . The anti-vaccines movement activists are intelligent people who should understand that prevention is better than relying on a belief that measles is not a problem disease and they are not infectious to others. I have read too many stories recently and people who have either been exposed or showing symptoms going out to public places exposing others both young and old because they feel that being quarantined is an invasion of their rights. No one has the right to expose others to an infectious disease.
I think the epidemic of all childhood autism is caused by all the chemicals that this Society uses in their everyday life, for instance fabric softeners, laundry detergent perfumes plug-ins every kind of scent made with chemicals that are affecting all our children and adults the same. Look back when we first heard autism and how it’s developed over the years. I certainly don’t blame the vaccinations that we’ve gotten to help everyone look to the chemicals
I have my doubts about a single vaccine causing autism. But doctors don’t give a single vaccination anymore. They order a handful of vaccines to be given at once. My suspicion is that the autism issue relates more to the quantity of vaccines given than to the quality of a single vaccine given.
Vaccines do not cause autism. Not one vaccine and not multiple vaccines. The study that originally tried to prove a link has been thoroughly disproved and discredited. The supposed results of that study have never been able to be reproduced.
We have spent countless years and money studying vaccines as a possible cause of autism. If there is one thing we know doesn’t cause autism, it’s vaccines. Not only is there no causation, there isn’t even a correlation. At this point, continuing to put the blame for autism on vaccines is stealing valuable funding studies that May help use both understand the roots of the disorder as well as effective treatments.
I don’t know when Barbara first leaned of autism, but it was way later than scientists. Do you recall when the mothers of children with autism were blamed for causing it by lack of love and attention? They were called “refrigerator mothers” because they were supposedly cold and indifferent to their child. We have a wonderful scientist named Uta Frith to thank for ending that cruel movement. Look her up, read about her, listen to some if her interviews, she’s an threading woman, and her students have gone on to also develop some great therapies for autistic children.
Also, are you familiar with the term diagnostic substitution? A lot of autistic children used to just be called something else. It’s hard to show that the “epidemic” of autism is even a recent thing.
But please, for the sake of the suffering that children with autism and their families endure, can we please stop blaming things for which their is no evidence and fund these wonderful researchers who are actually helping them?
The shy butcher born in the latter 1800’s and his bi-lingual daughter born in 1900 and “Gentleman Farmer” son born a couple years later were NOT vaccinated and were called by “other titles” than Aspergers or Autistic, yet the next two generations had the same “symptoms” and the “newest” DSM diagnosed that shy butcher’s great-great-granddaughters with autistic spectrum. Oh, yeah, and measles is why my Mom and her sister almost DIED in the 1920s, and my Aunt is still DEAF- from having measles.
I think you may be forgetting that Autism diagnosis wasn’t done or tested the way it is now. In the last 20-30 years alone diagnosis and testing has moved to the point that we can now identify the symptoms of autism in toddlers and start them on a path to a productive and fulfilling life.
That didn’t happen in the 50’s or even the 80’s because as a disease autism was still lumped into a number “disabilities” that presented similarly. Hell you could say the same about allergens and allergies and if you forget that childhood mortality has dropped so precipitously you might have a point.
With the exception of the last few years (Thanks to people not believing in doctors or getting medical care.) childhood mortality has been on a downtrend. So it is the major exception that someone dies due to an allergic reaction, or a family member is remitted to a “home” or “asylum” for mental disabilities.
Those filtered many of the cases and suppressed the reporting because we didn’t properly categorize the deaths. You don’t have to look far into the past to see poorly adjudicated death certificates which state cause of death as “unknown” to find hundreds of cases that now would have been typed and reported.
Its a function of incidence rates climbing (previously if you had died to a disease you couldn’t pass on the genes that predisposed you to infection) and also better diagnosis.
That doesn’t mean our chemical world is safe, but does mean that the answer is more complicated than simply “chemicals.”
However please also consider you are putting that “autism vaccination” connection into this comments section by raising it. Not helping the many people who still wrongly believe that a connection exists. Not helping on that.
No-one can say if household chemicals are a contributory factor in autism, but I am absolutely certain that it has a very strong genetic component.
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