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Here’s another interactive map that shows the damage caused by anti-vaccine truthers

Most of would like to think that diseases like measles and whooping cough are a thing of the past. But thanks to the rising sentiment against vaccines from the past decade fueled by pseudoscience and charlatans, these diseases are making a comeback in Europe and even the U.S.

An interactive map released by the Council on Foreign Relations shows how diseases easily prevented by vaccines have made a comeback over the last several years.
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According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, two trends have clearly emerged:

Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S. Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.

That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S. Viruses and bacteria have taken full advantage of the immunization gaps.

In 2011, France reported a massive measles outbreak with nearly 15,000 cases. Only the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Somalia suffered larger measles outbreaks that year. In 2012, the U.K. reported more than 2,000 measles cases, the largest number since 1994.

Here in the U.S., the prevalence of whooping cough shot up in 2012 to nearly 50,000 cases. Last year cases declined to about 24,000 — which is still more than tenfold the number reported back in the early ’80s when the bacteria infected less than 2,000 people.

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  1. Jeffro

    February 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Question: what about Iceland and the Nordic countries which are all first world nations, vaccinate at lower rates with fewer vaccines than the ones with the big circles, and yet seem to have few incidences according to the data? When data doesn’t fit the theory, do you ignore the data or change the theory? Or the assumptions behind the theory?

  2. jayme

    February 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Question: What do you have to say about the fact that many links on that map lead to “site not found” errors?

    Question 2: what do you have to say about the fact that in the links o map that actually have scientific data… it was people who WERE vaccinated that were the people infected in 90% of cases. Not a lie, just a fact according to THAT map.

    question 3: actually a declaration of another fact- most links on that map link to local news sites talking about an outbreak of infection, not whether people were vaccinated or not.

    Regardless of whether you believe in vaccines or not, i think posting inane copies from other websites without ding your own fact checking makes your journalistic standards leave something to be desired. The fact that on any study on there that the people infected were 90% vaccinated people, and only 10-15% of people infected were not is a little fishy dnt you think? its almost as if the vaccine caused it hmm? or in outbreaks of a disease with multi-shot vaccinations, as the people recieved MORE of the stages of the vaccine, their % rate of infection went UP! if vaccines prevent disease, why would that be? stop your mindless propaganda and actually look at what your posting. You are supporting vaccine truthers arguments by posting that stupid map.

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