Measles Outbreak in North America Blamed on Anti-Vaccine Movement


Recent outbreaks of measles in North America could be blamed on the anti-vaccine movement. Movement could be causing significant harm.

The first measles vaccine was invented in 1963 and saved thousands of lives. The movement against vaccines started in 1998 when a British doctor wrote that autism could have been due to a vaccine that vaccinates against measles, mumps and rubella in  a medical journal called The Lancet. He was not right.

When the article was thoroughly investigated, the research was found to have been done unethically and was filled with conflicts of interest. The data was false in the article.  The risks to health care were false. In 2010, The Lancet had to say that the report was totally incorrect. This is considered an uncommon step in academic journals.

Even though the research was false, it was believed by some people in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). The rates of vaccination have greatly decreased in the UK and the number of measles greatly increased. In the US, in 2013, measles cases tripled. There have been outbreaks of measles in eight US communities. 12 people were recently struck by measles in New York City.

In Canada, in recent weeks, provinces from British Columbia to Ontario have received reports of measles outbreaks. Edmonton, Manitoba and Calgary have just confirmed some new cases. Canadian health officials and doctors are putting the blame on anti-vaccination movement on the recent outbreaks of measles.

Doctors and health officials are pointing the blame at the anti-vaccination movement for the sudden outbreak, which is also spreading throughout the United States. A Canadian doctor named Dr. Gerald Evans, a professor at Queen’s University, says that low vaccine rates have indeed gone down. The outbreaks are the result of vaccination rates falling. Some people are simply not getting vaccinated.

Th anti-vaccination movement that the doctors blame for measles outbreaks in North America got a big boost in 2007 when celebrities like Jenny McCarthy joined the movement. These celebrities went on numerous TV shows and printed many books that told parents not to vaccinate their children. These celebrities believe that autism has increased owing to vaccinations, even though the original report in UK’s The Lancet that stated this has been proven to be untrue.

The anti-vaccination movement thinks that it is a chemical called thimerosal is to blame for the increase of autistic children. This chemical has stopped being employed in the measles, rubella and mumps vaccine in 1999. It was used as a preservative in vaccines and supposedly caused autism. Numerous investigations have proven that this is not the situation.

Recent laws might be helping the spread of measles. There are 19 states that have what are called “personal belief” exemptions. A parent can decide that based on their personal beliefs, they could decide not to get their children vaccinated. These personal exemptions in California, one of the 19 states, have tripled in growth from 2000 to 2010. The rates in rich communities have actually reached 84 percent. Outbreaks have happened in communities where there are high numbers of personal exemptions.

More measles outbreaks will happen in North America as long as the anti-vaccination movement continues to enjoy influence over some people.

By Tom Clark

Global News Canada

9 Responses to "Measles Outbreak in North America Blamed on Anti-Vaccine Movement"

  1. Tracie RN   May 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Watch this and educate your self vaxers…this is information straight from the CDC, then we can have an educational discussion on the vaccine/anti vaccine movement…

  2. Gondar Radnog   April 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

    It’s called “virus shedding” and can last up to 6 weeks after vaccination.

    Here we have a glaring example of propaganda trumping science – 90% of the cases are among the vaccinated, but it’s the unvaccinated people who are the cause. If the vaccines worked, the vaccinated should be protected, right?

    I’ve never had a flu shot – and I get the flu once every 5 years or so (I still have about 2 years left of my current immunity). . . almost everyone I know who gets a flu shot is sicker than a dog within 2 weeks of getting it – some, within days.

    The only “herd immunity” granted by vaccines is an immunity to facts.

  3. freedomcalhoun   April 8, 2014 at 5:26 am

    If not being vaccinated causes outbreaks, why are so many outbreaks involving vaccinated populations?

    My work. We have an older gentlemen who got the flu shot. He comes to work, gets sick, has to take two days off. Everyone who didn’t get vaccinated now ends up getting the freaking flu. Including me!

    So, not only did the “vaccine” give the old guy the flu, it made him a carrier in the non vaccinated population.

    This is exactly what is happening in the measles outbreaks as well, bad vaccines, being ineffective, are being administered and putting the non vaccinated population at risk to cause scares and to sell more vaccines.

    The vaccine producing companies are over capacity in their vaccine production right now and as a result they are letting through substandard vaccines with no real effect other than possibly spreading the disease. This has been highlighted in news stories and investigations worldwide. Blind faith in corporations is stupid. It is beyond extremely stupid when it involves injecting things into your bloodstream.

  4. oooorgle   April 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    90% involved are vaccinated, yet it’s the UN-vaccinated that are responsible… You people are crazy.

  5. reissd   April 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Andrew Wakefield’s false claims in press conferences – claims not even supported by his own small, flawed studies – caused a lot of harm. We have an extremely effective vaccine against measles, a disease with high rates of complications and the potential to cause a lot of suffering. The fact that some parents are scared from protecting their children against it because of misinformation is unconscionable.

  6. Valerie   April 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Vaccinate your kids, idiots.

  7. K.J   April 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Unfortunatly for all those parents who are not vaccinating their kids might wake up when they start dying…..just saying.

  8. Hate speech is illegal remember.   April 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Yet another example of hate speech against parents who take the time to read everything there is to know about vaccine safety. Hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.

    Google “measles within a fully immunized population|” for the real story about Calgary, Quebec, and New York’s “outbreaks”. Looks like someone let the cat out of the bag that not all vaccines work and their effectiveness wanes over time, oops. Sorry about the whole “herd immunity theory”.

  9. Melody RN   April 6, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Parents need to remember that many of the vaccine preventable diseases that we do not see in developed countries are only a plane ride away. It’s vital to protect children especially at their most vulnerable stages.
    Polio is still endemic in parts of the world, pertussis has been responsible for killing infants in the U.S. and Measles has also been making a comeback and in some countries has been responsible for pediatric deaths among the unvaccinated. These diseases pose real threats to children who are unprotected by vaccines either due to age or immunocompromised medical conditions. For those with concerns and questions about vaccines, they need to check out reputable and scientifically accurate sources such as the CDC, Immunization Action Coalition or Vaccinate Your Baby. Mommy intuition is no equivalent for a medical degree.

    MelodyRN- Founder of Nurses Who Vaccinate


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