Measles outbreak in Disneyland raises concern

Measles outbreak in Disneyland raises concern


What’s dead should stay dead, right?

Apparently, like zombies, the deadly measles disease has come back to haunt American citizens, despite the U.S. government confirming its eradication in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fifty-nine cases have been confirmed during the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. What started out as five cases attributed to employees at the theme park has grown exponentially over the past few days, reports news outlet The Verge.

The question is: Should you be worried about this recent outbreak?

The answer: only if you have not vaccinated yourself and your loved ones.

According to the CDC, the measles is a lethal and destructive disease that affects the respiratory system. It is passed from person to person through the air, and the symptoms range greatly, from mild symptoms like a runny nose or a fever, to quickly accelerating to a devastating and horrible rash. In some cases, victims can even develop pneumonia during their time of illness.

After hearing about all these terrible symptoms, wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to prevent this horrible ordeal? This is why vaccinations are so important.

In an article on her blog Violent metaphors, Jennifer Raff, who holds a doctorate in anthropology and genetics, debunks many common myths about vaccinations.

Roff details how challengers of vaccinations have believed, in the past, that the MMR vaccination is capable of causing autism in children. This was due to false information based a study that Andrew Wakefield published; however, his research was disavowed and proven to be completely falsified, reports The New York Times.

Even though there has been ample research since then, many people still have not been given the accurate information that they need. Vaccinations are so important because they prevent diseases that do not need an encore — like the measles.

Raff goes on to point out that opponents claim ingredients, like aluminum, in the vaccines are harmful to children, but children encounter a greater amount of aluminum in their everyday lives than in these vaccines.

Opponents claim doctors try to hide the side effects, but the side effects are openly accessible and available to anyone who wishes to research this information. In any case, the side effects are generally mild, and only rare cases actually experience any severe side effects.

Ultimately, the problem at hand is not whether we should be worried about the measles, but rather whether we are worried enough about what other diseases will return if people continue to ignore the facts and refuse to vaccinate.

Rubella, anyone? Polio? I thought not.

Do your research and arm yourselves with knowledge, instead of gossip.

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