Spain Has First Case Of Diphtheria In 28 Years Thanks To Anti-Vaxxers. A six-year-old boy who had not been vaccinated is Spain’s first case of diphtheria in 28 years.
The young boy, from the Catalan city of Olot, is reportedly very ill and is being treated with antitoxin. The parents, who had chosen not to vaccinate their child, are “devastated” and have now had their younger daughter immunized as a result. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that spreads through coughing or sneezing, according to the World Health Organization. Once infected, sufferers can experience a sore throat, fever and swollen glands in the neck. Diphtheria can lead to serious complications even with treatment, with 10% of cases resulting in death.
“The family is devastated and admit that they feel tricked, because they were not properly informed,” Catalan public health chief Antoni Mateu told El País. The child remains in critical condition in Vall d’Hebron hospital’s intensive care unit, but is responding to treatment. Behance. Dear parents, you are being lied to.
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Jennifer Raff for her blog, Violent Metaphors. It is being rehosted here with permission. You can click on the above hyperlink to view the original and engage in the lively discussion in the comments section. In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post. Dear parents, You are being lied to. They say that measles isn’t a deadly disease. They say that chickenpox isn’t that big of a deal. They say that the flu isn’t dangerous. They say that whooping cough isn’t so bad for kids to get. Vaccination Rates In Elite Los Angeles Schools Now Worse Than In Southern Sudan. Oh, rich people.
Do they ever stop doing zany things? Unfortunately, there’s a new fad among America’s most wealthy that isn’t quite as laughable. During recent years, the richest people in Los Angeles have not been vaccinating their children. Gary Baum of The Hollywood Reporter has investigated childhood illness and vaccination rates around Los Angeles County. He discovered that some schools in the most affluent L.A neighborhoods have vaccination rates lower than Southern Sudan. One map sums up the damage caused by the anti-vaccination movement. Vaccinations are one of the of most incredible aspects of modern medicine.
They can make previously lethal diseases disappear from society and save countless lives. There is, however, a chance that the vaccines work a little too well and our collective memory is too short to remember the devastating effects some of these diseases caused just a few short decades ago. Recently, for reasons that are not based on science or logic, many parents have outspokenly rejected vaccinating their children. Unfortunately, this has caused a reemergence of easily managed diseases. The Council on Foreign Relations has released an interactive map detailing the catastrophic outcome of these poor choices. The interactive map gives a gut-wrenching tour of global outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough from 2008-2014. Update (10/24/2014): CFR's map has now been updated to document attacks on health care workers, which have been increasing in recent years.
But how did it all begin? Anti Vaxxers Lose New York Court Battle. Three families in New York claimed that their right to free exercise of religion was violated when their unimmunized kids were barred from school because of the state’s vaccination practices.
Their case was brought before the Federal District Court in Brooklyn. They lost. According to New York state law, children must be vaccinated before attending school. There are exemptions: if immunization is detrimental to the child’s health or if the guardian holds “genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary.” Supporting documentation is required, and in the latter case, the school can decide to reject the request. However, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease -- we’re talking diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella -- in a school, city officials may exclude the attendance of unimmunized students, regardless of whether they’re in the process of being vaccinated or if they’re exempt.