Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate

With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years. Recently, 26 cases of measles, a highly contagious and deadly respiratory viral disease that causes fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat and rashes, have been documented across four states, including California, Utah, Colorado and Washington. Each of those cases has been connected to recent trips to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. At least 15, or more than half, of the 26 children infected with the virus were unvaccinated, prompting some to question why not, especially after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the growing outbreak of measles is linked to the decline in child vaccinations. Some parents and professionals in the medical community believe that children receive too many vaccinations in too short a window of time with the risks of vaccination outweighing the benefits at times for otherwise healthy children. In less common cases, severe allergic reactions have happened. While vaccinations have remained an effective way of preventing disease and illness, many believe that severe allergic reactions, asthma, attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities can occur. Another perceived risk that has received major media attention is that of autism. After a controversial (and now retracted) article ran in the publication The Lancet in 1998 and actress Jenny McCarthy sp...
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Publication date: Available online 6 April 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Elena Curto, Alfons Torrego, Noe Garin, Astrid Crespo-Lessmann, Vicente Plaza
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Universities must be given extra protection during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure their financial survival because of their vital contribution to the economy, local communities and crucial medical research, unions are warning the government today (Tuesday). In a joint letter to higher education minister Michelle Donelan, five unions representing higher education (HE) staff ask for urgent assurances that universities will not be allowed to go under as a result of the outbreak, backed up with legislation. UNISON, University and College Union (UCU), GMB, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) say the sect...
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Jeffrey A. SingerBack in November the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a “breakthrough” in its investigation into the cause of what is now called EVALI (e‑cigarette vaping associated lung injury): fluid samples from patients revealed the overwhelming majority of cases were due to Vitamin E acetate, used as the solvent in THC ‐​containing vaping liquids. I argued that this discovery provided yet another reason to legalize cannabis.Because cannabis is federally banned, most THC vapers use bootleg cartridges obtained on the black market. Shortly after the discovery that inhaling...
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