The economic cost of measles vaccine refusal

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The measles virus is among the most infectious of all know viruses, with an attack rate of well over 90%. That means that over 90% of susceptible people — those who have not been vaccinated or who have not had the disease — will get it if exposed. I’ve seen one case, and that was thirty years ago, although my parents showed me a picture of what I looked like with measles in 1958.

 

Before the introduction of a vaccine in 1963 measles caused about 4 million cases annually in the USA, leading to 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths. That’s a lot of kids in the hospital and a significant mortality. The measles vaccine has nearly eliminated these things, but not entirely. I recently ran across an interesting article from a couple of years ago that investigated  a measles mini-epidemic that happened in Southern California. One thing that caught my eye, something I had not considered before, was the economic cost of the epidemic.

Written By: Christopher Johnson, MD
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10 COMMENTS

  1. There appears to be a disconnect between truth and reality that has been carefully orchestrated around the science of vaccination/immunisation . We have ,on the one hand,Paediatricians using Epidemiology on behalf of the Government and at the behest of Big Pharma,to push the “nothing wrong with vaccines don’t worry”line through the MSM,,,,,and on the other hand,Leading Gastroenterologists using Rigorous Scientific Process on behalf of parents with only social media to help explain complex science and potential criminal behaviours by governments and corporations.Truth loses to spin,yet the actual science is never attacked,only the character of the individuals.

    • In reply to #1 by charles.lazelle:

      There appears to be a disconnect between truth and reality that has been carefully orchestrated around the science of vaccination/immunisation . We have ,on the one hand,Paediatricians using Epidemiology on behalf of the Government and at the behest of Big Pharma,to push the “nothing wrong with vacc…

      We don’t have a damn thing “on the one hand”.

      There is no study, research, paper, credible theory or serious opinion supporting the view that there is a good case for opting out of vaccines.

      Even if opting one’s own child out could be defended (IMO it cannot), the consequential additional risk to which other people’s children are exposed can never be morally or ethically justified.

      If you don’t want to be part of society, fine. Take your child off to the backwoods somewhere and never let it near a playgroup or school or public swimming pool or library or hospital or sports event or anywhere else it might meet any other children.

      • In reply to #3 by Stevehill:

        In reply to #1 by charles.lazelle:

        If you don’t want to be part of society, fine. Take your child off to the backwoods somewhere and never let it near a playgroup or school or public swimming pool or library or hospital or sports event or anywhere else it might meet any other children.

        And stay there forever. Because if you don’t have your pertussis vaccination and boosters you are always a risk to someone else’s baby that is too young to be vaccinated.

        Michael

    • In reply to #1 by charles.lazelle:

      There appears to be a disconnect between truth and reality that has been carefully orchestrated around the science of vaccination/immunisation . We have ,on the one hand,Paediatricians using Epidemiology on behalf of the Government and at the behest of Big Pharma,to push the “nothing wrong with vacc…

      One thing I’m really tired of as an RN is being depicted as a shill for “Big Pharma”. Physicians and nurses spend years studying biology and disease processes, the chemistry of drugs and exactly how they are metabolized and how they interrupt the disease process, as well as the immune system and how vaccines work. We are interested in disease treatment and prevention, not making big bucks for “Big Pharma”. And yes – we know exactly how vaccines work. All human beings are genetically unique, and not all mass-produced vaccines will work as effectively for all people (there was recently a study that found that men have weaker immune systems on average than women and the flu vaccine may be less effective in men), but they are effective for the vast majority of humans – and they are the most effective medical advancement in the prevention of disease ever discovered. Ironically, the vaccine-induced absence of the hideous scourges of smallpox, yellow fever, polio, meningitis, and measles in developed countries for the last few decades has led to complacence and two generations of parents who ho-hum the whole idea because they’ve never witnessed an epidemic or had a child die or become disabled from these diseases. They could thank their parents and grandparents and the tireless work of medical science for that blessing, but no – they’d rather retreat into “big government” and “big pharma” paranoia and let their kids pay the price.

  2. In reply to #1 by charles.lazelle:

    There appears to be a disconnect between truth and reality that has been carefully orchestrated around the science of vaccination/immunisation . We have ,on the one hand,Paediatricians using Epidemiology on behalf of the Government and at the behest of Big Pharma,to push the “nothing wrong with vacc…

    citation pending

  3. As a lay person, I had measles as a child. I do believe that you have a choice in vaccination. Why are people so pro vaccination that they want to force every one to have one done as standard, I do not know. I find articles like this just an emotional plea that you must have the vaccination. Why !!!! Or is it just big business for those who produce it ! Yes Money rules doesn’t it !

    • In reply to #5 by ikinmoore:

      As a lay person, I had measles as a child. I do believe that you have a choice in vaccination. Why are people so pro vaccination that they want to force every one to have one done as standard, I do not know. I find articles like this just an emotional plea that you must have the vaccination. Why !!!…

      Christ, do some bloody homework.

      Unvaccinated people kill other people.

      That is all.

    • In reply to #5 by ikinmoore:

      Do you have any idea how much a measles epidemic costs? How many babies and children were hospitalised during the last measles outbreak in Swansea? What was the cost to the NHS in terms of hospital beds and time, not to mention the distress of a young child with pneumonia induced by measles. You may have survived measles as a child. My sister was not so lucky. (We were born before the benefits of the MMR). Children with leukaemia, or compromised immune systems cannot be vaccinated, and rely on herd immunity to protect them from this potentially fatal disease. Your decision not to vaccinate your child puts not only their life at risk, but other children too. You may dress your decision up as a fight against Big Pharma, but in reality it is a selfish act of a misinformed individual.

      • In reply to #7 by TenderHooligan:
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        You may dress your decision up as a fight against Big Pharma, but in reality it is a selfish act of a misinformed individual.

        Such as vaccines are nowhere near the Big Pharma winfall anti-vaxxers conveniently claim it must be.

    • In reply to #5 by ikinmoore:

      As a lay person, I had measles as a child. I do believe that you have a choice in vaccination. Why are people so pro vaccination that they want to force every one to have one done as standard, I do not know. I find articles like this just an emotional plea that you must have the vaccination. Why !!!…

      I hate to introduce some logic to this, but your reasoning suggests that if you had survived cancer, we should stop researching and searching for a cancer cure, if you survived a road accident, we should stop trying to develop safer cars with safer systems.

      As a lay person you do have a choice, that choice is to actually do the scientific research yourself or accept the studies of those people who dedicate their working lives on your behalf, by actually studying, testing, developing, researching instead of pulling an answer from their collective butts to fit some political position.

      I reckon it’s failry safe to assume that if you or your family get struck by a life-threatening illness, you won’t avoid using medical services on the basis that they make big bucks?

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