Measles Outbreak In Europe Linked To Low Vaccination Rates

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Anti-vaxxers are bringing measles back, and no one really knows how to act.

Romania has seen nearly 3,400 cases of measles since February 2016, and 17 children have already died. The country’s vaccination rate is only 86%, well below the 95% recommended for ‘herd immunity’ against infectious disease. Their vaccination rate has dropped dramatically over the last decade thanks to the anti-vaccination movement. Romania has Europe’s highest measles infection rate and its fifth lowest vaccination rate.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), measles was most common in parts of Romania with the lowest vaccination rates. Italy, also experiencing some of its lowest vaccination rates, has Europe’s second-highest measles infection rate at 200 cases this year already; 844 cases were reported in 2016 alone. Hungary, although not cited as a cause for a national epidemic, has reported a startling 31 cases of suspected measles as well, but it’s not as disturbing as the 575 cases in the UK over the last year. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control warned this week that “the likelihood of exportation of measles [from Romanian] cases is high,” while the WHO reported that the infection can now be considered an epidemic; on top of Romania and Italy, there are high numbers of measles in France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and Ukraine additionally.

In 2013, UNICEF expressed concerns about the anti-vaccine messages on social media networks in central and eastern Europe. The region had successfully kept diseases like polio and measles at bay, but UNICEF warned that “this had led to complacency toward the diseases and has unfortunately made vaccines, rather than the diseases, the focus of debate and discussion.” WHO’s updated data was released at the end January and showed that the number of preventable diseases was rising sharply.

Of the 32 European countries that have reported measles since February 2016, 22 had measles vaccination rates below 95%. In January 2017, 84% of Europe’s measles cases happened in seven countries who have vaccination rates under 95%.

It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s even spread to Canada, where Toronto Public Health officials have issued a warning to people who flew on a number of WestJet or Emirates Airline flights earlier this month due to three confirmed cases in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. WestJet stated that they are starting to contact travelers who may have been exposed as soon as possible. After a confirmed case in the Ontario suburb of Oakville, and six cases in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, Allison McGeer, medical director of infection control at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, said that the most important thing for people to be clear on is what their vaccine status is and to ensure that they are up to date.

I don’t understand how this is still a discussion. This isn’t rocket science: people stopped immunizing their kids, and then lo and behold, measles is suddenly on the rise. Why do anti-vaxxers still think a couple of google searches makes them more intelligent than doctors? It’s gotten to the point where kids are dying. How can these idiots justify their logic?

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