Measles in Wales Today, But Where Tomorrow?

For more information on measles visit adolescentvaccination.org or join the conversation after Dr. Walt Orenstein’s presentation: Measles and Rubella-Will they Ever be Eradicated? scheduled for 9:45 am on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

Shot of Prevention

There are now over 750 cases of measles in Wales with 72 cases being reported since Thursday.  Unfortunately, as can be expected with measles, as many as 77 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak and sadly, it may just be a matter of time before someone suffers serious complications and dies.  Although children of all age groups are falling ill, the highest attack rate appears to be in children aged 10 to 18, many of which were not vaccinated because of concerns raised about the safety of the MMR vaccine in the late 1990s – concerns that were sparked by Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent and unethical research.

At the time, some parents made a decision not to vaccinate their children based on the Wakefield’s suggestion that the MMR vaccine (which provides immunity against measles, mumps and rubella)  somehow triggered autism.  However, after dozens of studies have been conducted and countless research funds have been spent, the scientific consensus is that no such link…

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