Measles Cases on the Rise as Vaccinations Numbers Stagnate
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Measles Cases on the Rise as Vaccinations Numbers Stagnate

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest report, more than 140,000 people have died from measles since the disease began to surge worldwide in 2018.

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A majority of the deaths were among children under 5 years of age. Young children and babies are the most at risk with complications such as encephalitis, a swelling of the brain, and pneumonia being the greatest dangers. Complications can include permanent brain damage, blindness and hearing loss.

Measles is a preventable disease and its progress can be halted with a simple and easily administered inoculation.

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“The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “To save lives, we must ensure everyone can benefit from vaccines – which means investing in immunization and quality health care as a right for all.”

There are groups popping up in a number of countries issuing false statements and bulletins about the danger of inoculation, all of it based on false science. U.S. public health officials, as well as physicians, have been fighting false and misleading information about measles vaccine safety for many years. Despite incontrovertible studies that have found no evidence to support the idea that vaccines are harmful, claims that the measles vaccine is the cause of autism and other childhood illnesses are on the rise. A growing number of parents are now refusing to have their children vaccinated.

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Researchers are now linking the falling immunization rates to recent resurgences of other vaccine-preventable diseases. California saw 9,120 cases of whooping cough in 2010. This was more cases than any year since the whooping cough vaccine was introduced in the 1940s. The WHO warns that outbreaks of preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles will be more frequent and harder to control if vaccination of children continues falling.

Many smaller countries have been seeing a huge increase in the rates of preventable diseases such as measles. In Samoa, a small south seas country, there have been 63 deaths and over 4,000 cases of measles that breaks down to 2.0% of the country’s entire population. Those mainly affected are children under four years of age. It is expected that 70 people, mainly children will die and at least 6,500 people will be infected.

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Madagascar is dealing with a measles outbreak that has killed over 800 people since September 2018. With 46,187 instances confirmed between January and April of this year, Madagascar has the highest number of measles cases in the world.

In the USA from January to August 2019, 1,215 cases across 30 states had been confirmed as measles. The number of cases is rising daily. The cure to halt this disease that kills so many children is simple. Vaccination! It’s simple and it works. The science proves it.

Michael Trigg
I am a dyed in the wool optimist though I do have fears for the future of my two young grandchildren and what life will be like for them in 20 years or so.

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