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This map will show you the terrifying high cost of anti-vaccine hysteria

The Council on Foreign Relations published a map in January that shows how outbreaks of measles and mumps have progressed over the past 5 years.

Not surprisingly, Africa has been heavily hit. But most notable is the increase in outbreaks in the United States and Europe — in regions where vaccines are widely available.

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Pediatrician Aaron Carroll of The Incidental Economist summed up the data like this:

  • All of that red, which seems to dominate? It’s measles. It’s even peeking through in the United States, and it’s smothering the United Kingdom.
  • If you get rid of the measles, you can start to see mumps. Again, crushing the UK and popping up in the US.
  • Both measles and mumps are part of the MMR vaccine.
  • Almost all the whooping cough is in the United States.

As a result of rising anti-vaccine hysteria disseminated by charlatans and pseudo science, use of the MMR vaccine has plummeted throughout the United States and Europe. The anti-vaxxers won’t admit this, but since use of the vaccine has dropped, the incidence of autism has not (which would be the case if their theories were true). But one tangible result of anti-vaccine misinformation is a real rise in diseases that were once brought under control.

Watch Aaron Carroll in the video below:



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    Omar Spence

    January 21, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Polio is set to make a comeback in the EU because of this anti vaccine hysteria.
    Problems that were solved long ago are coming back because of the entrenchment of ignorance and pseudoscience thanks t false equivalence in the media.

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    Alex Fisher

    January 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Oh really? The “pediatrician” you quote is from the Incidental Economist? I can’t imagine a magazine about economics spreading the wrong information about vaccines… a CASH COW for the medical field. Does this posting, which contains NO science at all, consider the fact that Vaccinations lead to NEW strains of the virus, and there is a constant race, in that sense, between vaccines and nature. Vaccines don’t protect against the newer strains, because, quite simply, how could they? Deadstate, how bout doing some research, maybe present some studies on the matter, rather than posting information from a shill. By the way, the Koch brothers have been funding campaigns that claim global warming isn’t real, launched a campaign in the 60’s in which they paid scientists to claim that cigarettes are HEALTHY, and now they are funding studies that claim that vaccines are safe. Do you want to come down on the same side as the Koch brothers on this one?

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    Pau Hannah

    February 25, 2014 at 4:37 am

    It looks like Australia and Asia don’t matter enough to include.

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    March 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Actually, the Kochs fund the anti-vax movement. After all, they own drugs like Tamiflu that no one needs if they get vaccinated.

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    Karla S.

    March 27, 2014 at 1:42 am

    How do you suppose Scientists managed to practically eradicate those diseases in the US up until recently then? Of course vaccines work or most of us wouldn’t be here to debate it, would we? Grrrrr.

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    April 3, 2014 at 6:40 am

    The mitigation of those diseases had little to do with vaccines, and more to do with other factors, like hygiene – for example, washing your hands, and indoor plumbing.

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    Heidi Eckroth

    April 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Vaccines are NOT a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies. Most vaccines are money-losers, as a single dose is effective for years or decades. Much easier to get rich selling drugs that must be taken every day to be effective.

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    Nestor Kobani

    October 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    It’s just a coincidence that all of these long forgotten diseases that I had been told about in historical terms are coming back at rates in the Western world that matches that of the anti-vax movement…

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