UNICEF Highlights Global Increase In Measles Cases

From a March 1, 2019 press release,


NEW YORK, 1 March 2019 — UNICEF warned today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free.

Globally, 98 countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 compared to 2017, eroding progress against this highly preventable, but potentially deadly disease.

Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil saw the largest increases in measles cases from 2017 to 2018. In Ukraine alone, there were 35,120 cases of measles in 2018. According to the government, another 24,042 people were infected just in the first two months of 2019. In the Philippines so far this year, there have been 12,736 measles cases and 203 deaths, compared to 15,599 cases in the whole of 2018.

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Poor health infrastructure, civil strife, low community awareness, complacency and vaccine hesitancy in some cases have led to these outbreaks in both developed and developing countries. For example, in the United States, the number of measles cases increased six-fold between 2017 and 2018, reaching 791 cases. More recently, the U.S. has seen outbreaks in New York and Washington state.

“Almost all of these cases are preventable, and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse,” said Fore. “Measles may be the disease, but, all too often, the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency. We must do more to accurately inform every parent, to help us safely vaccinate every child.”

19th Century Anti-Vaccination Propaganda–The Cow-Pock

This 1802 etching was created by James Gillray–called by some “the father of the political cartoon”–in 1802 for the Anti-Vaccine Society.

It depicts Edward Jenner administering administering a cowpox vaccine in order to immunize against smallpox. As the cowpox vaccine is received, the people in the room begin taking on the features of cows.

The Cow-Pock—or—the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation! (1802)

Yet Another Study Finds No Link Between Autism and Vaccination

Researchers at The Whiteley-Martin Research Centre in Australia recently published a meta-analysis of studies examining the alleged link between vaccines and autism. The study looked at five cohort studies that involved 1,256,407 children, and five case-control studies involving 9,920 children.

The title of the meta-analysis says it all: Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Among the highlights of the meta-analysis,

  • There was no relationship between vaccination and autism (OR: 0.99; 95% CI: 0.92 to 1.06).
  • There was no relationship between vaccination and ASD (autism spectrum disorder) (OR: 0.91; 95% CI: 0.68 to 1.20).
  • There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and MMR (OR: 0.84; 95% CI: 0.70 to 1.01).
  • There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and thimerosal (OR: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.77 to 1.31).
  • There was no relationship between [autism/ASD] and mercury (Hg) (OR: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.93 to 1.07).
  • Findings of this meta-analysis suggest that vaccinations are not associated with the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder.

Unfortunately, since Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent research created the hysteria about vaccines and autism in 1998, the anti-vaccine myth seems impervious to actual science.