Anti-vaxxers in power

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Post by Witness » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:40 pm

American family with four children suspected of having measles

The couple has five other children. The children were not vaccinated or attended any school in the country, reported the Ministry of Health

The office of the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) – Costa Rica’s child welfare service – in Cóbano, Puntarenas, says it will intervene in the case of the American couple with four children suspected of having measles – sarampión in Spanish.

The parents of these children, who have five other children, did not have them vaccinated and did not enroll them in any school in the Costa Rica.

The family of eleven is in strict isolation in Cabuya de Cóbano, where they reside, to prevent them from infecting other people in their community.
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If the virus infection is confirmed, it would be the first autochthonous cases in Costa Rica since 2006, when the last patient was registered.
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Post by Witness » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:35 pm

Measles outbreaks in America are getting harder to contain

The biggest have occurred among insular religious or immigrant groups

IN 2000 AMERICA declared measles “eliminated”, meaning that the virus was no longer indigenous and any new infections were linked to strains brought in from abroad. In the following decade measles in America remained rare. Now cases are on the rise again. There were 372 in 2018, the second highest number since 1996. Over 200 were reported in the first two months of this year. Though the disease is rarely deadly, it often requires hospitalisation.

Most recent large outbreaks have been in insular religious or immigrant groups, such as the Amish, Orthodox Jews and Somali-Americans. Some had been lectured or leafleted by crackpots who claim that vaccines are harmful. They are easy prey for such conspiracy theories because language and cultural barriers keep them at a distance from mainstream health care. Low vaccination rates have made them hotspots for outbreaks, often ignited by measles picked up on visits to relatives in countries where the disease is widespread.
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Containing outbreaks is becoming harder. The number of measles cases contracted in America for each imported case is increasing. A tally in 43 states in 2014-15 found that in nearly half of counties the rate of measles vaccination of children entering kindergarten was below the 95% needed to prevent an outbreak. Things may have got worse since. Almost all states allow parents to exempt their children from jabs by declaring a religious objection to vaccines; 17 states allow “philosophical” objections, too. In 2017-18 such non-medical exemptions were used for 2.2% of schoolchildren, double the rate in 2010-11.
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Post by Pyrrho » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:50 pm


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Post by Witness » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:26 am

B.C. government granted $428K to group that spreads anti-vaccine claims

Minister orders review of annual grants to Vancouver's Health Action Network Society

Over the last 12 years, a Vancouver group has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the B.C. government, while screening anti-vaccination movies, sharing content from anti-vaccination websites and complaining about "censorship" from a social media company that blocked anti-vaccination propaganda.

Federal records show about one-third of the Health Action Network Society's revenue last year came from the B.C. government — a $40,000 Community Gaming Grant taken from provincial gambling revenues.

Since 2007, the group has received $428,500 worth of these grants.
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Vaccines are just one area of concern for HANS, which also advocates for wider use of homeopathy, campaigns for labelling of genetically modified foods and pushes for more action on climate change.

The president of HANS's board is Ted Kuntz. He did not respond to requests for comment from CBC, but has described himself as "vaccine risk aware," and is the author of a book about immunization called Dare to Question: One Parent to Another.

The back cover of Kuntz's book says: "We've been, dare I say, indoctrinated into the belief that vaccines are safe and effective."

He's also vice-president of Vaccine Choice Canada, a non-profit that claims vaccines are inherently risky and that recently paid for 50 digital billboards across Toronto suggesting vaccines are unsafe for children.
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Post by shemp » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:33 am

Ted Kuntz? How appropriate.
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Just remember this folks.

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The Italians are back at it:
Italy may scrap vaccine certificates for young children

Move by Five Star and League senators follows intervention by Matteo Salvini

Italy may scrap its requirement for parents to provide proof that their children have been vaccinated before they start nursery.

The senate’s health committee is expected to pass an amendment dropping the obligation next week, sparking further controversy over the populist coalition government’s ambiguous vaccine policy. The measure would then be put to parliament.

The amendment was signed by Pierpaolo Sileri, the committee’s president and a senator with the Five Star Movement (M5S), and the vice-president, Maria Cristina Cantù, a senator with the far-right League.

The change to the current law, which denies unvaccinated children access to nurseries, was reportedly drafted without the knowledge of Giulia Grillo, the M5S health minister. She is yet to comment publicly on the amendment.
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M5S has long promoted scepticism over vaccines, and has made several U-turns on the policy since coming to power with the League last June. The League has also questioned the safety of vaccines.

“There is a lot of confusion,” said Roberto Burioni, a professor of microbiology at Milan’s Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and prominent pro-vaccination campaigner. “For once there is a law that is working; vaccination coverage in all regions has increased dramatically, and it would be a pity to dismantle it.”
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Post by Witness » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:54 pm

NYC Parents Are Throwing Measles Parties Amid Outbreak

In light of a growing crisis, New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot warned against parents throwing “measles parties” to purposefully infect their children. “Back in the day people were having parties to expose their kids to chicken pox,” said Barbot. “We live in a different world now ... there are serious consequences to that.” Measles parties are dangerous and can lead to serious illness—and even death—for infected children.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/measles-o ... es-parties

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Brooklyn measles outbreak: How a glossy booklet spread anti-vaccine messages in Orthodox Jewish communities
As New York officials declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn this week, establishing mandatory vaccinations in an effort to stop the city’s worst measles outbreak in almost 30 years, health advocates pointed to what they believe is a major source of vaccine misinformation in the affected neighborhoods.

The false messages that they say convinced hundreds of New Yorkers not to vaccinate their children weren’t spread in a Facebook group or on YouTube, but through a glossy magazine written by and for Orthodox Jewish parents. Copies of the magazine were shared in a way that seems old-fashioned in the age of misinformation — through family, friends and neighbors.

“The Vaccine Safety Handbook” looks legitimate but is filled with wild conspiracy theories and inaccurate data. Published by an anonymously led group called Parents Educating and Advocating for Children’s Health, or PEACH, the handbook disputes the well-established dangers of illnesses like measles and polio, challenges the effectiveness of vaccines in eradicating those illnesses, and likens the U.S. government's promotion of vaccines to the medical atrocities of Nazi Germany.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:49 am

Good for Mississippi, WV and Cali.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:33 pm

New York anti-vaxxers suing for right to infect public
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As ongoing and growing measles outbreaks flare up around America some New York City anti-vaxxers are suing to block last-minute emergency measures city leaders are taking to slow the spread of infectious disease.

The anti-vaxxers are relying on the repetition of known bad science to carry the day.

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Post by Witness » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:23 am

Nearly 300 quarantined in measles scare at 2 Los Angeles universities

The quarantines are occurring as the CDC said the highest number of cases have been reported since measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.

Nearly 300 students and employees at two Los Angeles universities were under quarantine Thursday after possible exposure to measles, a disease declared eliminated nearly two decades ago but which has seen a resurgence, the schools said.

The University of California, Los Angeles said that 76 students and six faculty members remained in quarantine Thursday afternoon after a student with measles attended class three days this month.

UCLA said that the last possible exposure at the university was April 9, and the highest risk for developing measles has already passed.

UCLA said that the quarantine was expected to last between 24 and 48 hours for most, but a few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days.

California State University, Los Angeles also reported that a potential measles exposure may have occurred in a library April 11, and a spokesman said that 127 staff employees and 71 student employees were sent home under quarantine orders.

In all, 280 from the universities were under quarantine Thursday.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ne ... es-n998741



And this:
Polio Vaccinator Is Shot and Killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — Two gunmen on motorcycle shot and killed a polio vaccinator in the southwestern Pakistani city of Chaman on Thursday, bringing the death toll among vaccinators working in the country’s anti-polio drive to at least three this week, officials said.

The shooters opened fire on a group of vaccinators when they were at the front gate of a house in the remote village of Sultan Zai, near the border with Afghanistan, said Samiullah Agha, who is the assistant commissioner of Chaman.
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Polio vaccination teams have suffered several attacks since a countrywide vaccination drive began on April 23. Polio workers, volunteers and their guards are frequently targeted in the South Asian country. Islamist militants and hard-line clerics say the vaccination drive is a foreign plot to sterilize Muslim children and a cover for western spies.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/worl ... ss&emc=rss

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Post by Doctor X » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:49 pm

UCLA and Cal State had to quarantine over 1,000 students over . . .

. . .

. . . T#H AUSTIMS!!!

No.

Wait.

Measles!

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Post by shemp » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:58 pm

But they're still better off than if they had T#H AUSTIMS, because then they wouldn't be in college! CHECKMATE, PRO-VAXERS!!!
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Post by Doctor X » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:38 pm

You assume UCLA and SoCal have "admission standards."

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Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:48 pm

Quarantines. Awesome. Great work, anti-vaxxers.
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