From Misconception to Outbreak

Richard A. Kimball, Jr.
12 Mar, 2015 Richard A. Kimball, Jr.

Here we are again.  Facing another outbreak after almost 14 years of being a measles-free country.   I remember the year 2000 when the government said that they have completely eradicated the disease. Many of us have not seen this one coming, but it is here again, and affecting the health of many newborn children.

Since the outbreak started early this year, many reports have surfaced telling where the virus actually came from. Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet in her article on WND commentary stated two possible reasons. One will be illegal immigrants carrying “unwanted guests” of viruses, bacteria and fungal diseases. And a second one will involve one of the most heated medical debates that started late last year and that would be the anti-vaccine groups of parents not vaccinating their kids.

But what is it exactly that made these anti-vaccine groups from keeping their children get vaccinated? In an article in the Huffington Post, Robert Klitzman, a medical doctor and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, stated that it was deception that led to this unfortunate situation.

In Klitzman’s own words, “In 1998, a British surgeon, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, published a paper in The Lancet with 12 co-authors, reporting that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was associated with “regressive autism” and colitis in 12 children. The paper ignited and propelled anti-vaccine campaigns throughout the world.”

According to the Columbia University professor, investigators found out that Wakefield forged the research. The investigation lasted 217 days and the study was removed from publication 12 years after it was distributed.

Recently, Senator Rand Paul, in his interview with CNN, was surrounded by controversy when he said that it had come to his knowledge that vaccines could possibly cause “profound mental disorders.”

But the Senator quickly clarified that he supports vaccination, and he and his children were all vaccinated, and that he just wanted to raise the possibility of vaccines imposing a threat in human bodies.

He added: For a healthcare professional like me who has dedicated his career to constantly improving the lives of people, this issue is extremely important and it concerns me. I personally believe that vaccines are mandatory and it guarantees health precaution especially to newborns.

5 Responses

  • Spence Mar

    Ignorance and carelessness cause diseases to spread. When people ignore preventive actions such as vaccination, disease s find a way to infect others who are similarly unprotected from the virus. I think an outbreak is either the result of ignorance or a failure of the health system.

  • carl

    It showed that the government has become too confident. I think it’s about time that the government should include this in its program, and should draft a continuous program.

  • Melissa

    Lack of awareness is one of the causes of this outbreak. Everyone should be educated so they can learn about the risks of not vaccinating.

  • Tania

    I wouldn’t necessarily say the government became too confident. I think the people, however, have become too confident or too cautious, and they should be more educated with situations like this. More interesting health topics on https://twitter.com/richakimballjr

  • Randolph

    I never understood why people don’t vaccinate. It seems like it’s the “in” thing to do. Thank you, Mr. Richard Kimball, for writing this. We definitely need to get some more awareness out there. I just followed you on twitter to keep up to date with your information.

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