When I am debating with people about our decision to not vaccinate, this is one of the biggest arguments I hear and I'm never quite sure how to respond to it. Do we know this is true for a fact?
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6/14/10 at 4:55pm
Is there a place where we can access this information......where we could see the disease stats for say the last 10 years or so? I would really be interested to see the hard numbers on this. Everyone acts like it is a FACT that the numbers are going back up ever since it has become more popular not to vaccinate.
I am hesitant to be the lone voice of dissent here but here goes. I think they have a point -- at least when it comes to measles. (Please show me why I'm wrong -- I'd love to be wrong.)
The US still has pretty high vaccination coverage for measles, and I don't think we can say the measles rate has increased here. But I think people are understandably concerned when they see other advanced countries vaccination rates drop and then the number of cases increase. Switzerland is probably the one that all the public health officials are looking at and scared to death of, with a sustained outbreak that went on (is still going on?) for over 15 months and 150-250 cases of measles a month.
So far when an "outbreak" occurs in the US it is contained relatively quickly -- 11 cases here, 34 cases there (that was a "big" one). CDC claims that most of the cases were in unvax'd individuals (although there do seem to be at least some vax'd cases thrown in there). If our vax coverage rates dropped from over 90% to under 80% -- would we have Switzerland on our hands?
I still wouldn't vax, but I can see some truth in the argument if we look at it globally.
I've heard that too, but when you look at the actual "outbreak" there's usually a comment in there about how many had been vaccinated and it's always about 50% who were vaccinated for the disease.