Woo with a body-count: measles epidemic follows anti-vax scare

Wales is in the grip of a measles epidemic, thanks to the anti-vaccine scare more than a decade ago. Once the critical mass of herd immunity dropped below a certain threshold, in came the old, deadly -- and utterly preventable -- disease.

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  1. Here we go again. Seriously the sensational headlines you have been using lately remind me more of fox news than the typical quality I have come to expect from boingboing. So far the "body-count" of this "epidemic" totals 1.

  2. I think you overstate your case here. Polio and Smallpox are not low-stakes. Having people make vaccination decisions based on fantasies is a serious issue that may kill one person now and hundreds of millions in the future.

  3. And to be specific, the Wikipedia page on Smallpox claims "Smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300–500 million deaths during the 20th century"

    Last case, 1977 - no more since because of vaccination.

    Them there stakes are pretty high...

  4. If it were only those who refused vaccines that died, then I wouldn't find this quite so annoying. However, herd immunity protects small children who have not yet had their vaccinations, those who are immunocompromised, those for whom the vaccine didn't provide full protection, the elderly. That plus the long ugly history of "darwinism" applied to people.

  5. Okay, then tell us WHICH diseases shouldn't be vaccinated against. Stop talking in the hypothetical. Explain your reasoning. How about diphtheria? Or pertussis or tetanus?

    Edit: Here is a vaccine schedule for young children (PDF). Tell me which ones aren't important diseases to vaccinate against.

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