Once again Measles has reared its ugly head, deforming and killing many throughout the world. Just why this easily preventable disease has managed to take hold of the earth's population once again is easy to see, for many, it is a no brainier, and they cannot understand why many people, despite overwhelming evidence, do not have their youngsters vaccinated with a simple MMR Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine.
One reason some may not take their infants to get this inoculation maybe because of the insane remarks made by a German anti-vaccination campaigner and HIV/AIDS denialist Stefan Lanka who said back in 2011 that the measles' virus does not exist and was simply psychosomatic. He was later denounced as a crank. Other skeptics even went as far as to say that the MMR vaccine could cause autism, but this was also debunked.
Authors note: The above came about when The Lancet (a British medical journal) published a study conducted by former British doctor Andrew Wakefield. This study wrongly claimed that the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine caused autism in young children. Unfortunately, the research has been widely quoted since then. It was later found to be completely false and was later retracted by The Lancet. (Source the Lancet)
Proof of the MMR vaccine effectiveness can be seen in the following statistics:
Back in 1980, 2.6 million people died of measles, and in 1990, 545,000 died; by 2014 following a comprehensive vaccination program, the death plunged to a record low of just 73,000. However, due to a decrease in vaccinations between 2017 – 2019 once again measles became pandemic, killing mostly young infants around the world.
Make no mistake Measles does not just affect third world countries as the chart below shows.
UNICEF, says that the growing numbers of Measles cases have been caused by complacency, misinformation, and a lack of access to the MMR Vaccination, they estimate that between 2010 and 2017 the following scandalous figures.
The US topped the list for the number of unvaccinated children in high-income countries, with 2,593,000 missing the first dose of the vaccine
Authors note: It is, of course, your right to protect your children or not to protect your children with a simple MMR Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine, but the statistics speak for themselves, who would want to take the risk and as one Mother said "It was absolutely terrifying to watch her go through that and be so helpless. "She didn't know what was going on and it was heartbreaking to see”.
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Credits and Sources: The Lancet, BBC.UK, Wikipedia, UNICEF
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