Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #228: Europe and France Hit By Measles

Autism Politico has read that Europe and France are being hit by measles.

Europe, especially France, has been hit by a major outbreak of measles, which the U.N. health agency is blaming on the failure to vaccinate all children.

Well, what did you expect?

The World Health Organization said Thursday that France had 4,937 reported cases of measles between January and March — compared with 5,090 cases during all of 2010. In all, more than 6,500 cases have been reported in 33 European nations.

It doesn’t sound like much…yet. But what if…what if…the virus, thanks to incubation in its hosts,  mutates so that it becomes resistant to vaccines? Then there night be trouble. Of course, we have no idea if this will happen or not. We are not doctors, but…what if?

But vaccination rates across Europe have been patchy in recent years and have never fully recovered from a discredited 1998 British study linking the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella to autism.

Question: Would this discredited 1998 British study be the one anti-vaxers still stand behind to this day? Could be.

Well, in the past, AP has reported about measles outbreaks, and not too many people paid attention.

Maybe when measles comes knocking on your own doorstep, you WILL start paying attention.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.  


April 22, 2011 - Posted by | Autism & Quack Medicine, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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