Will the call of The American Academy of Pediatrics, the leading U.S. pediatrician group fall on deaf ears? If many American parents won’t trust this highly respected group, to whom will they listen? Will the members lie about the detrimental effect of the measles vaccines? What will be the response from the anti-vaccine groups?
The call is for parents to have their children avail of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine tween 12 and 15 months of age and again between 4 and 6 years old.
“A family vacation to an amusement park – or a trip to the grocery store, a football game or school – should not result in children becoming sickened by an almost 100 percent preventable disease,” Errol Alden, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. (The number of Disneyland measles related cases has risen to 68 confirmed cases since December, according to The California Department of Public Health.
The Disneyland measles has spread to other states and even outside of the country. There are five cases in Arizona, three in Utah, Washington State has two, and one a piece Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Mexico. That will be fourteen more.
The infection may have been passed on from a visitor from outside of the country who has not received measles vaccination. According to health officials this must have occurred between December 15 and 20. There were also visitors to Disneyland this month who are still infectious but there was no explanations given.
Some of those infected were at least five Disney employees and a student from a local high school. The student was told to stay home until January 29. The school has a standing rule for unvaccinated students no to report to their classes.
The outbreak has put the anti-vaccination group on the spotlight once more. They continue to believe that the measles vaccines causes autism, which has been disproven already. Few parents are still refusing to have their children vaccinated.
The editorial in Los Angeles Times last week were highly critical of the anti-vaccine group. It referred to them as “ignorant and self-absorbed rejection of science.”
Questioned if the anti-vaccination movement’s stand is one of the contributing factor to the latest outbreak in California, a spokesman for the state health department Carlos Villatoro, said in an email: “We think that unvaccinated individuals have been the principal factor.”
The president of the National Vaccine Information Center, Barbara Loe Fisher said what happened in Disneyland lead to a “media frenzy.” The group is a group calling for “informed consent” about the vaccine.
“There’s a lot of name-calling going on rather than talking about substantive policy issues,” she said.