There is an article yesterday here by Amanda Terkel about how the sequestration has caused problems with cut backs on flu vaccines for those in the Air Force. But another article makes a far deeper, more problematic point about vaccinations.
On Think Progress, they have an article about how measles was thought to have been eradicated, but because of all the efforts made by faux-science fears against vaccinating, the disease is actually making a comeback. The highest number of measles cases in 17 years have been reported by the Center for Disease Control, who lay the blame on the push by some against vaccines.
"Altogether, the CDC’s report found that 80 percent of this year’s measles cases occurred among people who had never received a vaccination for measles — and a full 79 percent of those people cited “philosophical differences” that led them to avoid the inoculation for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)."
The problem with making a "personal choice" in something as communicable as disease is that it doesn't necessarily remain personal for very long.
"Health experts aren’t mincing words about the potential impact of a measles comeback, " the articles notes. “'This is very bad. This is horrible,' Dr. Buddy Creech, a a pediatric infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, said on a telephone briefing with the CDC this week. 'The complications of measles are not to be toyed with, and they’re not altogether rare.'”
You can read the whole article here.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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