More news on preventable diseases

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April 7 2011 1:15 PM

More news on preventable diseases

I know I just wrote about vaccine-preventable diseases on the rise once again, but even in the past couple of days there's more news:

1) Houston is seeing the first case of measles in six years. The victim? An 11-month-old baby. Let's hope she has a full and swift recovery, and no one else falls ill.

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2) In that post linked above I talked about a school in Virginia that had to close down due to a big pertussis outbreak. Well, in Canada, they're telling kids who are unvaccinated they can't come to school; at least, not until they can show their inoculations are up-to-date. I have mixed feelings about forcing kids to get vaccinated, but in the end we simply cannot have schools be breeding grounds for diseases which are trivially easy to prevent. I read about this story on Fark, and the comments there are interesting, to say the least.

3) Seth Mnookin, who wrote "The Panic Virus" an exposé of the antivax movement, has posted his thoughts on these recent news stories. As usual, I find his comments to be well-reasoned and thoughtful.


Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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