The Anti-Vaccine Movement – The Cost and Fact Before Fiction

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Anti-vax Movement Listed by World Health Organization as One of the Top 10 Health Threats for 2019

COST

Lives Lost

Over 109,000 people died from measles in 2017 – posted 2/25/19

https://www.ksat.com/health/over-109000-people-died-from-measles-in-2017?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=ksat12

2019 Could Be Worst Year for Measles in U.S. for 30 Years: ‘We’re Losing Ground to a Disease That Once Killed Millions’ – posted 2/25/19

https://www.newsweek.com/2019-could-be-worst-year-measles-us-30-years-were-losing-ground-disease-once-1309603

Measles epidemic: 80,000 cases, nearly 1,000 deaths in Madagascar – Outbreak News Today – posted 3/13/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-epidemic-80000-cases-nearly-1000-deaths-madagascar-76476/

Without vaccine, hundreds of children die in Madagascar measles outbreak | Reuters – posted 3/13/19

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-madagascar-measles-idUSKCN1QP0MK?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c8237553ed3f00001b285fb&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles – posted 4/21/19

https://www.local10.com/health/israeli-flight-attendant-in-coma-after-getting-measles?fbclid=IwAR24V96FqmGcTuT-Oy7zTqDryios1KV9K5WlVpBXpO_4AqwtkhtgCNXyD0k

El Al stewardess, 10 year old child – in coma after contracting measles | The Jerusalem post – posted 4/20/19

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Infant dies in 1st whooping cough-related fatality in Orange County since 2007 – Orange County Register – posted 4/20/19

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/04/18/infant-dies-in-1st-whooping-cough-related-fatality-in-orange-county-since-2007/

Florida: Martin County hepatitis A, Vermont death – Outbreak News Today – posted 4/15/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/florida-martin-county-hepatitis-vermont-death-51855/

 

Money Lost

MN Health Dept. Spent $2.3M During 5-Month Measles Outbreak « WCCO | CBS Minnesota – 2017 Outbreak of Measles – posted 2/12/19

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/10/31/measles-outbreak-minnesota-grant-money/

Western Finland health officials spent over €100k to contain measles outbreak | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi – posted 2/11/19

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/western_finland_health_officials_spent_over_100k_to_contain_measles_outbreak/10610886

Minnesota spent $45.5 billion the past two years. Where did it go? Should we spend more? – Twin Cities – posted 2/18/19

https://www.twincities.com/2019/02/17/minnesota-spent-45-5-billion-the-past-two-years-should-it-spend-more/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=fb-PioneerPress

Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher | The Seattle Times – posted 2/25/19

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/cost-of-washingtons-measles-outbreak-tops-1-million-expected-to-climb-higher/

Open Forum: Don’t vaccinate? Then pay for the harm you cause – SFChronicle.com – posted 3/21/19

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Open-Forum-Don-t-vaccinate-Then-pay-for-the-13671172.php?utm_campaign=CMS+Sharing+Tools+%28Premium%29&fbclid=IwAR0ZsxsG77K8IWsiGSlJbIt2A3X16rToZp6DbPY8jLuY7WdmZO4cXjQyJuc

Measles outbreaks show that parents who skip child vaccinations should pay a stiff price – Los Angeles Times – posted 3/21/19

https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-vaccine-measles-20190311-story.html

An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus. His Oregon Hospital Stay: 57 Days and $800,000. – The New York Times – posted 3/23/19

The cost of not getting vaccinated: The numbers can really add up! – Outbreak News Today – posted 3/27/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/cost-not-getting-vaccinated-numbers-can-really-add-23393/

Measles outbreak cost Oakland County nearly $200,000 – posted 4/28/19

https://www.wxyz.com/news/measles-outbreak-cost-oakland-county-nearly-200-000

After 71 cases, four months and $864,679, Vancouver measles outbreak declared over – Outbreak News Today – posted 4/30/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/71-cases-four-months-864679-vancouver-measles-outbreak-declared-58864/

 

FICTION/FRAUD

A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health – The New York Times – posted 2/25/19

Those who know least about autism more likely to be anti-MMR, finds US study | HeraldScotland   – posted 2/25/19

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17357457.those-who-know-least-about-autism-more-likely-to-be-anti-mmr-finds-us-study/

Antivaxxers and the Plague of Science Denial | Psychology Today – posted 2/25/19

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psych-unseen/201902/antivaxxers-and-the-plague-science-denial

Anti-Vaccine Leader Scared His Financial Misdeeds will be Exposed | Katie Joy – posted 2/25/19

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/02/larry-cook-scared-his-financial-misdeeds-will-be-exposed/

The Myth of Vaccine Shedding – Science-Based Medicine – posted 3/13/19

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-myth-of-vaccine-shedding/

Conspiracy Theory Goes Viral that CPS ‘Steals’ Children From Anti-Vax Parents | Katie Joy – posted 3/13/19 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/03/conspiracy-goes-viral-that-cps-steals-children-from-anti-vax-parents/

‘Something is in those vaccines’: Lawmaker says mandatory measles shots are ‘Communist’ – posted 3/13/19

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/something-is-in-those-vaccines-lawmaker-says-mandatory-measles-shots-are-communist/ar-BBUeXKA?li=BBnb7Kz

Jenny McCarthy’s Autism Charity Has Helped Its Board Members Make Money Off Dangerous, Discredited Ideas – posted 3/22/19

https://jezebel.com/jenny-mccarthys-autism-charity-has-helped-its-board-mem-1832461139?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_campaign=sharebar

Doctors warn Pete Evans to stick to cooking after sharing anti-vaxx podcast | Society | The Guardian – posted 3/23/19

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/14/doctors-warns-pete-evans-to-stick-to-cooking-after-sharing-anti-vaxx-podcast

Homeopathy Supplement Peddler’s Despicable Anti-Vaccine Goldmine | American Council on Science and Health – posted 3/23/19

https://www.acsh.org/news/2019/03/16/homeopathy-supplement-peddlers-despicable-anti-vaccine-goldmine-13880

One Doctor Is Responsible for a Third of All Medical Vaccine Exemptions in San Diego – Voice of San Diego – posted 3/23/19

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/news/one-doctor-is-responsible-for-a-third-of-all-medical-vaccine-exemptions-in-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR2y0W2pAoAJ0wpoa-dcR1qBKF1gLRE3uXAM2mlyT5NAikDZJbQmVL3hTeY

Time to crack down on doctors selling vaccination exemptions | The Sacramento Bee – posted 3/26/19

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article228230439.html

Bogus medical exemptions sought by anti-vaxxers may get revoked in Calif. – Ars Technica – posted 3/31/19

https://arstechnica-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/calif-bill-would-crack-down-on-docs-handing-out-bogus-vaccine-exemptions/?amp_js_v=a2&_gsa=1&=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Farstechnica.com%2Fscience%2F2019%2F03%2Fcalif-bill-would-crack-down-on-docs-handing-out-bogus-vaccine-exemptions%2F

Randomized controlled trial of homeopathic nosodes finds, not surprisingly, that they are useless – Science-Based Medicine – posted 4/10/19

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/randomized-controlled-trial-of-homeopathic-nosodes-finds-not-surprisingly-that-they-are-useless/

Anti-vaxxers are refusing to vaccinate their pet DOGS amid claims it can give them autism | Daily Mail Online – posted 4/15/19

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6872997/Anti-vaxxers-refusing-vaccinate-pet-DOGS-amid-claims-autism.html?ito=social-facebook

The Brussels Times – Flemish anti-vaccination doctor will cost lives, says Maggie De Block – posted 4/15/19

http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/14936/flemish-anti-vaccination-doctor-will-cost-lives,-says-maggie-de-block

Pakistan: 12 arrested for creating panic against polio vaccine – posted 4/24/19

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistan-12-arrested-for-creating-panic-against-polio-vaccine-1.63506857

 

FACT

Live Attenuated Varicella Virus Vaccine — Efficacy Trial in Healthy Children | NEJM – 1985 – posted 2/25/19

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM198405313102201

Jacobson v. Massachusetts :: 197 U.S. 11 (1905) :: Justia US Supreme Court Center – posted 2/25/19

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/197/11/

Major Study Finds Pregnancy Issue Actually Linked to Autism, And It’s Not Vaccines – posted 3/21/19

https://www.sciencealert.com/major-study-finds-a-health-issue-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-and-it-s-not-vaccines

Deep-Dive: Everything you need to know about the VICP — Adolescent advocate – posted 3/27/19

https://www.adolescentadvocate.com/blog/2019/3/27/deep-dive-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-vaccine-court

As Ebola kills in Africa, in the west lies over vaccines beguile the complacent | Mark Honigsbaum | Opinion | The Guardian – posted 4/15/19

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/14/as-ebola-kills-in-africa-in-the-west-lies-over-vaccines-beguile-the-complacent

My Polio Story Is An Inconvenient Truth To Those Who Refuse Vaccines | HuffPost Life – posted 4/15/19

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/my-polio-story-is-an-inconvenient-truth-to-those-who-refuse-vaccines_n_57b22672e4b07184041270f6

 

THE RESULTS:

LEGAL

Advocacy group calls for tougher state laws requiring vaccines | abc13.com – posted 2/25/19

https://abc13.com/5136097/?ex_cid=TA_KTRK_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c64cbe900bd47000101db77&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Amid measles outbreak, state House panel moves to ban personal vaccine exemptions | The Seattle Times – posted 2/25/19

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/amid-measles-outbreak-state-house-panel-moves-to-ban-personal-vaccine-exemptions/

In Wake Of Measles Cases, Health Advocates Want Texas To Change Its Vaccine Exemption Law – Houston Public Media – posted 2/25/19

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/2019/02/13/321687/health-advocates-want-texas-to-change-its-vaccine-exemption-law/

It’s time for personal conviction vaccination exemptions to go · The Badger Herald – posted 2/25/19

https://badgerherald.com/opinion/2019/02/19/vaccination-exemptions-due-to-personal-convictions-need-to-go/

FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don’t change lax vaccine laws – CNN – posted 2/25/19

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/20/health/vaccine-exemptions-fda-gottlieb/index.html

Vast majority of Canadians say vaccines should be mandatory for school aged kids – Angus Reid Institute – posted 2/25/19

http://angusreid.org/mandatory-vaccination-canada/

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school – BBC News – posted 3/21/19

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47536981

 

MORAL

Anti-Vaxxers Panic After Learning Facebook Could Shut Down Groups | Katie Joy – posted 2/25/19

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2019/02/anti-vaxxers-panic-after-learning-facebook-could-shut-down-groups/?fbclid=IwAR3jHH92Tjer2kvVK1nZZNgeMpKtMVGRaqghKabwBGNbg5oQLB-H5DiyEsc

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups | Technology | The Guardian – posted 2/25/19

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/12/facebook-anti-vaxxer-vaccination-groups-pressure-misinformation

How Facebook Helped the Anti-Vaxxer Movement Go Viral – Pacific Standard – posted 2/25/19

https://psmag.com/news/how-facebook-helped-the-anti-vaxxer-movement-go-viral

YouTube takes ads off ‘anti-vax’ video channels – BBC News – posted 2/25/19

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47357252?ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook