'Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last month, you’ve likely seen the utter hysteria in the media over the measles outbreaks in the United States. If one were to unquestioningly buy into said hysteria you’d think a deadly epidemic is sweeping the nation and children are dropping dead en masse. But that’s simply not true and the reality is there is no epidemic and no one has died.
Last month, after 36 cases of measles were confirmed in Washington state, the governor declared a state of emergency. This declaration set off a chain reaction of panic and media hype like we’ve never seen. Headlines like “For God’s Sake! Vaccinate Your Children!” and “Measles is on the rise. But telling anti-vaxxers they’re stupid won’t fix it” have run constantly since last month as the media and the government wage a war on those who advocate for vaccine safety and informed consent.
Before going any further, we should inform our readers that here at TFTP we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for us. But none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. On both sides of the vaccine debate exists wild claims and half truths which can muddy the waters when making these decisions about you or your child’s health. It is important to note, however, that everyone deserves the right to make informed decisions on their own personal health and the health of their children.
That being said, if we look past the mass hysteria over the 2019 measles outbreak, we can’t really see a reason for so much fear. So far in 2019, according to the CDC, there have been 127 confirmed cases of measles in the United States.
No one has died from the measles this year. In fact, there has been only a single recorded death from measles in the last decade, which occurred in 2015. It is true that the death rates from measles are about 1 in 1,000, but it takes several years to mount 1,000 cases of measles in this country.'
Read more: Measles Hysteria Peaks As More Than 100 Bills In 30 States Seek To Restrict Vaccine Choice
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