Contrarian Posted May 28, 2011 Share Posted May 28, 2011 CPA: Create, Promote, Allow... Many yrs ago, I was taught the if you Create a situation, Promote a situation , or Allow a situation... YOU are responsible for that situation and the outcome of it... 2011 Measles Outbreak—How to Protect Yourself By Lisa Collier Cool May 27, 2011 Beware: 2011 is on track to be the worst year for measles cases in more than a decade. Although the Centers for Disease Control declared the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease “eliminated” from the US in the early 2000s, it continues to spread, with the highest number of cases this early in the year since 1996, the CDC reported this week. Here’s the scoop on the outbreak and how to protect yourself and your family. How extensive is the outbreak? In the first 19 weeks of this year, 118 cases in 23 states have been reported, compared to a median of 56 cases a year between 2001 and 2008, according to the CDC. That means that in just five months, there have been more than double the number of cases that normally occur in an entire year. 40 percent of patients required hospitalization, with babies and kids under age five the most severely affected. In Europe, there’s been a far larger outbreak, with 33 countries battling measles. France has been hit by an epidemic of nearly 10,000 cases in the first four months of 2011. What’s behind the rise? 90% of the current cases were “imported” into the US by travelers who visited countries with measles outbreaks, then brought the infection home, sometimes spreading the virus to other people. Almost all of the cases were in people who hadn’t been vaccinated. Another factor in the outbreak is some parents’ unfounded worries about vaccination, due to the now thoroughly disproven belief that the vaccine might cause autism. Extensive research by the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the CDC have shown no link to autism. Article here As healthcare providers, are we "creating, promoting, or allowing" this situation to continue...? Un-vaccinated people are disease vectors of easily preventable illnesses and a PUBLIC threat. People refusing vaccination is harming the community through their action/inaction. In a medical practice, these folks expose the community at large (medical staff & other patients and general public) to the germs they are carrying/brewing. Herd-Immunity" is important...!!! Is small pox and Polio next... ?:sweat: Thoughts... Contrarian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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