Vaccine Critics Get Defensive Over Measles

As reported by Jack Healy and Michael Paulson of the New York Times:

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Their children have been sent home from school. Their families are barred from birthday parties and neighborhood play dates. Online, people call them negligent and criminal.

And as officials in 14 states grapple to contain a spreading measles outbreak that began near here at Disneyland, the parents at the heart of America’s anti-vaccine movement are being blamed for incubating an otherwise preventable public-health crisis.

Measles anxiety rippled thousands of miles beyond its center last week as officials scrambled to contain a wider spread of the highly contagious disease – one that America declared vanquished 15 years ago, before a statistically significant number of parents started refusing to vaccinate their children. … 

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  1. measled grandpa says

    As one that had measles when young it was common to see “quarantined” signs posted on homes. I measles would go through a community or school but I never knew of one child that dies from measles, parents took care of their children in that day. Measles
    incidence had been reduced even before a vaccine was developed. I am eighty and do no get the flu because I wash my hands and avoid touching my mouth, nose, eyes when away from home. I take personal responsibility for myself and have a healthy life.

  2. The thought has crossed my mind, “How did Oblamo’s’ illegal alien kids gain access to Disneyland???

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