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posted by martyb on Tuesday February 10 2015, @11:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the do-no-harm dept.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that in a disturbing California Bay Area trend, parents wary of vaccinating their kids are considering having their unvaccinated children attend measles parties with those who are infected. The idea is the same as a chicken pox party. Parents bring their children to these gatherings to get them sick once so they won’t have to deal with the virus again. Except, most cases of chicken pox aren’t deadly. Marin County Public Health Officer Matt Willis says that although his office has received no reports of such parties, officials have fielded several calls from parents asking about the benefits of "natural immunity," or the idea that immunity gained from contracting a disease is superior to immunity conferred through vaccination. Measles is a serious illness that can cause brain swelling, long-term neurological effects and even death, Willis says. Plus, he added, there is no evidence that immunity gained through becoming sick with measles is any better than vaccine-imparted immunity. "Any parents who are considering this, they should have a look at a child who’s really sick with measles, and I think they’d change their minds."

Willis and other health officials suspect the concept of a measles party may have grown out of "pox parties," which were popular in the 1980s, before the chickenpox vaccine was widely available. Some parents, reports said, even arranged to pay strangers for licked lollipops, saliva or other items from infected children. Willis says he still hears reports of “pox parties” occurring in Marin today, even though a chickenpox vaccine has been available for more than two decades. "It was not a good idea then, and it's still not a good idea," says Wilbert Mason.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @10:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 11 2015, @10:29PM (#143823)

    We went in less than a decade from NINE shots to SEVENTY EIGHT

    Where are you getting these numbers from? My google-fu is not sufficient to verify this claim.

    I'm sorry but no matter what your feelings on the subject are I'm sure we can all agree that requiring THAT many shots between birth and 18 is just bullshit.

    Well, I might agree with you, if you would give me a credible citation for this claim. But first I need to see that citation. Also, note that the important modifier here is credible.

    So instead of going "poo poo, tinfoil hatters poo poo" why not ask some sensible questions like 1.- What drugs are being pushed? 2.- How long term were the studies on these drugs? 3.- What are the odds of a child at a particular age catching the disease we are immunizing for? 4.- Why should we trust a panel where the majority are paid for by the industry they are supposed to be overseeing? 5.- Where are the studies on using this many shots grouped together so quickly, what are their findings?

    Actually, I much prefer my question: where are you getting these numbers from of nine shots versus seventy eight? Before we can evaluate your other claims, we really need to know how many vaccinations are actually required. Let's first tackle that question, 'kay?