Measles Infection Protection: To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate, that Is the Question

 

The flu season is supposed to be on the wane, but the virus doesn’t seem to know it. Health officials are giving highly optimistic reports that the flu season has reached its peak and is now on the decline. However the number of people being hospitalized and the fatalities are still going up.

On the other hand, the measles outbreak is getting worse and there’s a growing public clamor for a more consistent approach in stopping the spread of the virus. A lot of people believe that the best way to do it is for everybody get vaccinated.

The 3 states with the highest number of estimated kindergarten students vaccinated with MMR during school year 2013 to 2014 were the following:  is 99.7 in Mississippi. This is in school year 2013 to 2014. Next is North Carolina with 98.8 percent and 98.7 percent Hawaii.

The lowest 3 states with kinder students vaccinated were: Colorado with only 81.7 percent, Pennsylvania with 85.3 %, and Arkansas with 86.5 percent. This figures were also from school year 2013 to 2014 school year.

California had 92.3 percent children vaccinated and Utah 98.5 percent. Texas had 97.5 percent children vaccinated, Wisconsin with 92.6 percent and Missouri with 95.5 percent. This data was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No record for 2014 to 2015 school year available yet.

What we can see here is that high vaccination rate does not exempt the state from measles virus infection. Utah had 98. 5 percent vaccination rate and still it was hit by the virus. California has also a respectable 92. 3 percent.

So the question right now is if the measles vaccine is really working as it should be or not consistently. The CDC has not issued yet how effective is the measles vaccines just like what they did to flu vaccines which was pegged at 23 percent effective.

The Disneyland measles has really spread some more. Will the rate of vaccination a good gauge whether it can protect children from being infected or not?Will the anti-vaccination group proven right? Questions, questions, questions.

So how about it CDC? Can you at least give us a ball park figure?

 

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Comments

  1. Mike Benko says

    This article is stupid. Offensively so. Vaccinations are not 100% effective. Not even in a fully vaccinates population. That’s not how vaccinations work.

    Vaccinations rely on something called Herd Immunity. The idea is very simple. If enough people are vaccinated and if the vaccines take hold in enough people, the virus is deprived of a host environment where it can grow and is deprived of carriers who can transmit it.

    In such an environment the virus eventually dies out due to the lack of carriers. And in the case of a new outbreak (from a source outside the vaccinated population) the Herd Immunity will contain the spread of the outbreak.

    Essentially in a non vaccinated population the infection would have affected an exponentially larger number of individuals which would make containment much harder and would push up the mortality rate.

    Vaccines don’t just prevent outbreaks but also contain them.

    Next time the author decides to write an article about vaccination, they should first Google how vaccines work, if they have no idea.

  2. Scophi says

    Is the “rate of vaccination a good gauge whether it can protect children from being infected or not”. Of course not. **Which** individuals become infected has little to do with **how many** people don’t. It’s a matter of scale. You can either look at a state population or the individuals, but not both at the same time.

    A vaccination that is 100% effective means nothing if no one gets vaccinated. On the other hand, a vaccination that is 0% effective means nothing even if every one gets vaccinated. The efficacy of the vaccination has little to do with how many people get the vaccine.

    A state with 5 million people (for example) that has a 99% vaccination rate still leaves 50,000 people un-vaccinated. The infection can still spread, even if the vaccination is 100% effective. But it will probably spread to those without the vaccine.

    Bottom line: always get vaccinated. Vaccinations and good hygiene have saved more lives than anything else in the history of mankind.

  3. Cassie says

    the widely available statistics on the effectiveness of the measles vaccine is 95% after the first dose, and almost 100% after he second. Clearly this author has no intention of using Google, or understanding basic immunology before making wild speculations in an article.

  4. Vex says

    Your use of statistic is despicable. That is not how vaccine work. A group of people from Norther California vaccinated will have no effect on those group who did not vaccinate in the south… The rate will still look good. Please go learn more about how vaccines work before you write anything like this again. You need to look at the small town/city vaccination rate. And the herd immunity protects infants who are not old enough to get their vaccination.

  5. says

    Measles is basically a rash and a fever, on the other hand vaccine injury is serious and permanently incapacitating. That said, the fact of recommending an invasive treatment to healthy people with no due diagnosis and prognosis is sheer medical malpractice. Doctors should be sued for reckless behavior.

    Another problem is the cooking of the numbers. The CDC has two criteria for confirming measles: a broad one for the non-vaccinated and a restrictive one for the vaccinated. This artificially skews the incidence numbers against the non-vaccinated.

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