The measles outbreak anti-vaccination campaigns and misinformation has resulted in vaccination rates in the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine falling from 95% of children in 2013 to 80% in 2016, and it continues to drop.
There are 13 fatality cases in Romania due to misinformation of measles vaccines have mercury, cause asthma and introduce foreign elements into the body. These are some of the arguments of the anti-vaccination campaigns that have caused in Romania a measles epidemic that has already claimed 13 lives, according to report.
“Incorrect information, often tendentious, not based on scientific methods or real data must end so that they do not affect the health of our children,” says the president of the Romanian Society of Microbiology, Alexandru Rafila, who accuses To those outbreak campaigns.
The Romania measles outbreak has tentacles and has affected other countries in the European Union, according to the ECDC.
If in 2015 there were only 15 cases of measles in the country, since 2016 have already been counted 2,165, of which 13 resulted in death. Most of the dead were children under two years of age.
Measles is extremely infectious and its continued circulation in a community. It depends on the generation of susceptible hosts by birth of children. In communities which generate insufficient new hosts the disease will die out.
Measles outbreak vaccination rates in the measles-mumps-rubella package have fallen. From 95% of children in 2013 to 80% in 2016, a figure that continues to fall.
Due to parents refusing to let their children receive vaccination. In Ireland, vaccination was introduced in 1985. There were 99,903 cases that year. Within two years, the number of cases had fallen to 201. This fall was not sustained. Measles is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood mortality.
The Ministry of Health has been denouncing “the irresponsible campaigns against the vaccination of children” months. The message has been gaining support, especially last year.
Measles outbreak vaccinated vs unvaccinated
One of the best known detractors of vaccines is Christei Todea-Gross. A family doctor who in 2012 published a book entitled “Vaccines: Prevention or Illness?” report said.
“The most common cause of asthma in children is still vaccines,” says Efe Todea-Gross.
When asked about the current epidemic and the 13 dead he has left. The vice president of the Christian Orthodox Pro Vita Federation dismisses any relationship with vaccination.
“The causes of the deaths should be unrelated to vaccination. Due to lack of care by the parents to avoid diseases that do not present complications or also due to poor nutrition, which makes the defenses are low,” he explains.
Pro Vita is not the only religious organization that has launched campaigns against vaccines.
US, Salt Lake County Health Department released information. Regarding the investigation of the first case of measles in Salt Lake County since 2011.
A review of 18 measles studies and 32 pertussis studies published last week. In the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that parents who intentionally do not have their children vaccinated contribute to disease outbreaks, though other factors are likely at work, as well.
Measles and pertussis whooping cough both highly contagious.
The US declared measles outbreak eradication in 2000. It has recently resurged, with 667 cases in 2014 and 189 in 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pertussis dropped to fewer than 2,000 US cases for several years in the 1970s. Also ’80s before roaring back to more than 48,000 cases in 2012, a 60-year high, according to the CDC.
Based on information about how prevalent nine diseases. Polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A, among others, were in the time before vaccines. A study published in AIMS Public Health estimates the number of cases prevented, and thus deaths averted, through vaccinations for those diseases between 1963 and 2015. It puts the number of prevented deaths at 10.3 million across the globe.