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  1. sipgrinder

    sipgrinder said, 6 months ago

    From UN WHO

    Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
    In 2012, there were 122 000 measles deaths globally – about 330 deaths every day or 14 deaths every hour.
    Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2012 worldwide.
    In 2012, about 84% of the world’s children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 72% in 2000.
    Since 2000, more than 1 billion children in high risk countries were vaccinated against the disease through mass vaccination campaigns ― about 145 million of them in 2012.

  2. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 6 months ago

    As a child in the 1950’s I had chicken pox, measles and mumps.
    All I remember is that I got to stay home from school.

  3. Kip W

    Kip W said, 6 months ago

    I remember chicken pox. They’re still in me somewhere, waiting to come back out as shingles one day.

  4. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 6 months ago

    Kip W: I almost died from chicken pox. This was in the 1930s when no vaccine existed. I got the shingles vaccine; I got shingles on my face. We still get into discussions over whether the vaccine made the shingles lighter or had no effect. Incidentally, it is not a one-side-only disease. My pox goes from under my left eye, across the forehead, and down even with my right eye. All still itch.

  5. badcyclist

    badcyclist said, 6 months ago

    If you are taking advice of any sort from Jenny McCarthy, you have problems.

  6. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    My kids got the..then, new…measles vaccine just before we moved to Italy in the 70s. They all got measles anyway….the doctor thought it might be a slight difference in the strain. Measles were a fact of life for kids in the forties…“at least it wasn’t polio”.

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 6 months ago

    badcyclist said, 40 minutes ago
    “If you are taking advice of any sort from Jenny McCarthy, you have problems.”—————————————————————————————————————
    The problem is that a LOT more people than McCarthy have been spreading this garbage. A European “scientist” put out a completely falsified study saying that vaccinations lead to autism and other problems.
    As with other misinformation in our digital world, people started spreading the message via the internet that vaccinations were bad for your child and you should not get them.
    I read an article that in some California elementary schools, almost half the kids are NOT VACCINATED.
    Now that’s scary.
    People, listen to the people that went to college for an extra 10 years studying what’s best for your child. You know, those people in the white coats called Doctors!

  8. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 6 months ago

    @Kip W

    They have a vaccine for that.

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    I think we’re all in agreement on this one! VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN!
    Some pediatricians are refusing patients whose parents won’t vaccinate them, because they don’t want to expose their patients, and I think they’re right. If they are rejecting their pediatrician’s advice in the first place, why should the pediatrician have them as a patient?
    Vaccination isn’t perfect; it increases resistance, but it does not guarantee you won’t get something. “Herd immunity,” when roughly 85-90% of people are immune through vaccination or other sources, is our best defense against epidemics, and we’ve dropped below that in some communities — including some with “educated” people who ought to know better.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    Sadly, martens, Jenny is merely hedging. She isn’t saying what she should say, which is that vaccines do NOT cause autism, her son did not get autism from a vaccine (nor did he get “cured” from it later), and all parents should get their kids vaccinated. Period. All she is doing is dodging the facts and pretending she isn’t responsible for a lot of deaths.

  11. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, 6 months ago

    @denis1112

    but it is only effective 50% of the time. better than nothing though.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, 6 months ago

    It’s not the government’s job to micro manage our lives, and it is most certainly not its job to practise medicine without a license. Not on us, not on our kids, nor on our pets and livestock. Yes, I know there are plenty of industry whores who hold medical licenses who are more committed to bullying the vulnerable than to dealing with their health, they enable government abuses.

  13. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 6 months ago

    I thought that was an American thing, but recently I found the same crap on a public subway, complete with a website that repeats all the debunked claims. In Germany vaccination is required by law and there is no opt-out, so it’s even more stupid to promote these lies over here. I don’t know what the perpetrators get out of it!

  14. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, 6 months ago

    @Hawthorne
    What are you talking about?
    This is about maintaining herd immunity for diseases that should have been banished to the history books. Thankfully I grew up with all my peers being immunized and I never had to worry about the mumps or measles. We had the chicken pox until the varicella vaccine. Measles were for kids from my folks generation.
    Everyone understood working for the community. Y’know, working together for a common goal. I understand the people in power haven’t done much lately to garner our trust, but there are some things that work because it’s a fact. Meanwhile, one state next to me there’s an outbreak of the mumps. It’s like society has this rebellious stage against any authority like a teenager who doesn’t eat a balance diet and then gets scurvy.

  15. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    @Hawthorne

    It IS the government’s job to “provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare,” and vaccination does both.
    Vaccination is one of the most successful initiatives of any kind in history. There’s no doubt about that.

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