Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Anti-vaxxers just won't lie down and die

This is a really nasty piece of work.  It encourages people to think of measles as benign, when in fact it kills thousands of children every year, mostly in developing countries.  Worse, it will mislead children into believing that, too.

Here's what WHO have to say about measles:

Key facts

  • Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
  • More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2008 worldwide.
  • In 2010, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 72% in 2000.

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.
That anyone should publish such wickedness is shameful.  I can't find any information about who published this malicious rubbish, which is probably just as well, as I'd find it hard to resist the temptation to give them a piece of my mind!

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