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Measles Outbreak - NYC and Minnesota

By March 24, 2011

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The Minnesota measles outbreak that began with an unvaccinated child who had traveled to Kenya, has now grown to 11 confirmed cases.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, among the cases were four children who were too young to be vaccinated. Most of the others were unvaccinated too, although they were old enough to have gotten the MMR vaccine. Fear of a link between MMR and autism among many of the Somali immigrants who are affected by this measles outbreak in Minnesota is thought to account for low vaccine rates.

Although they aren't getting as much attention, there is also:

  • two new measles cases in New York City that were diagnosed in residents that had traveled to Romania and India
  • two new measles cases in Tennessee
  • one measles case in California in a case that involved a 27-year-old who got measles while traveling to the Philippines and Thailand

In addition to highlighting the importance of the MMR vaccine for children, these measles cases are a good reminded for everyone to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date before traveling out of the country.

Fortunately, there have been no new measles cases in the measles outbreak in Boston and Clark County, Washington.

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March 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm
(1) Joe says:

I had the measles in 1960 along with half of my elementary schools. We had to stay home for 4 whole days! Not one kid had to go to the hospital or even see a Doctor. Every single kid recovered just fine. Have any of you folks seen a kid injured by the MMR vaccine? It’s just heart breaking. I can’t even imagine the life long pain they are going to have to endure.

March 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

According to the CDC, ‘Before 1963, approximately 500,000 cases and 500 deaths were reported annually, with epidemic cycles every 2–3 years.’

Based on those statistics, it would not be unusual for all of the kids in an elementary school at the time to have measles without serious effects or death. How many kids were in your school?

In a larger school, larger school district, or taken over several, the measles cases will add up and so will the complications and risk of death.

March 26, 2011 at 10:27 am
(3) Sam says:

The CDC is the source of so many lies, I don’t think they could tell the truth even if they wanted to.

March 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(4) MC says:

Ironic, isn’t it. The CDC numbers are good enough for people to claim an autism epidemic, but when it comes to discussing measles deaths, the “CDC is the source of so many lies”.

Sources other than the CDC are easy to find. Stories about measles epidemics and deaths are in old magazines, newspapers, everywhere.

Denying the dangers of the measles is not doing anyone any good.

March 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(5) MC says:

The people who died from those measles outbreaks aren’t here to speak, now, are they?

I haven’t seen kids who were injured by MMR. I’ve seen a lot of autistic kids, including my own. Autism doesn’t mean vaccine injured.

April 22, 2011 at 3:16 am
(6) Shelley says:

Injured by the MMR vaccine? Like, running with scissors? So stupid. Then I suppose we could assume that schizophrenia, which appears during late adolescence, is a delayed reaction? Lame, lame, and more lame. Assume whatever you like, as that is exactly what you’re doing. The whole argument is just ridiculous. And as far as mercury in vaccines; the same parents running in fear are probably in the kitchen making their kids tuna sandwiches as we speak. On top of this, in elementary school, half your school was out with the measles, and you personally know that not one was admitted to a hospital? You went door to door with a clipboard did you? It’s ‘statistics’ like these that make the rest of us roll our eyes. ugh! So frustrating!

March 27, 2011 at 11:59 am
(7) Potty Training Boys says:

Totally agree with Sam, there is just so much propaganda peddled to us because of the massive revenues involved.

March 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(8) JMW says:

Dear MC,

Have you researched Autism? Autism is caused by an overload of toxins in the human body. How many toxins are in vaccines? Have you compared the autism rate of non-vaccinted kids vs. vaccinated kids? The proof is in the pudding.

April 22, 2011 at 3:30 am
(9) Shelley says:

Considering MC stated his or her own child IS autistic, you’d think they’d have done a fair amount of research on the matter, wouldn’t you? The autisim rate of non-vaccinated kids vs vaccinated kids? Really? You do realize that the majority of children ARE vaccinated, right? Of COURSE the rate of vaccinated autistic kids would be higher. THINK about what you’re saying!!! Proof in the pudding, huh? If more people really knew what they were talking about, rather than dribble nonsense that they’ve put together from watching Maury Povich, they’d be a bit more educated on the subject.

April 2, 2011 at 5:35 am
(10) Moose says:

Firstly, you can request a mercury free vaccination – something they should do a better job of informing parents about.

Second, even if vaccines increase the risk of autism – which they vary well may – not vaccinating your child is flat out selfish, and in doing so, you violate the inherent agreement of a society.

The fact is, if everyone thought like you and didn’t vaccinate their children, your child would be at greater risk of dying than they currently are of developing autism.

You can consult any number of sources and see a direct correlation between vaccine administration and infant mortality. If the CDC and paneled medical journals aren’t enough for you, you’re most likely not going to be convinced with any amount of fact.



Bottom line: If you use the safety created by the majority who vaccinate their children to not do the same with yours, you are a selfish person, not a concerned parent.

April 5, 2011 at 7:23 am
(11) Darwy says:


If you’re concerned about an overload of toxins in the human body, you need only to look out your door.

Pesticides, herbicides, lead, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals – you and your family are exposed to more toxins via breathing, drinking water and walking barefoot on the grass than you’ll find in the entire battery of vaccinations.

June 2, 2011 at 9:51 am
(12) JCD says:

Yes, we do suffer toxin-overload. But there’s a huge difference to being exposed to pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, etc. by “breathing, drinking water and walking barefoot on the grass” and even by ingesting any of this to INJECTING the battery of toxins (yes, it is a battery) DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM.

June 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm
(13) cmb says:

Ignorance is the real epidemic

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