The measles epidemic is quickly getting out of hand. A principal causal factor is the parental malpractice of refusing to have one’s children vaccinated. Critics of this parental choice have rightly called it criminal. Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary presents one meaning of “criminal” as “reprehensible, blameworthy, disgraceful;” applicable here since non-vaccination militates against disease prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Measles, Mumps, & Rubella Vaccine Information Statement says the risk of a temporary bleeding disorder is about 1 in 30,000 doses, while the risk of serious allergic reaction is less than one in a million. The CDC’s statement on complications of measles says, “for every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.”
Comparing these two pieces of information, the risk of child death from measles infection is about 60 times the risk of a moderately serious bleeding disorder from a vaccination dose and 2,000 times the risk of a serious allergic reaction to a dose. Having the vaccination done is a no-brainer.
Parents basing their decisions on a mix of superstition, willful ignorance and mass group think, while dismissing evidence-based guidance, fail not only their children but also their communities.