The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday reported that 2011 had “the most number of reported measles [cases] in the U.S. in 15 years,” and for this we can blame the anti-vaccine hysteria generated by Hollywood celebvocates and self-serving personal injury lawyers.
Thankfully, as reported by Everyday Health, “[t]here have been no deaths from measles in the United States since 2008 . . . . But 1 of every 3 people who contracted the disease in 2011 had to be hospitalized.” Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of those who contracted the disease had not been vaccinated.
So why wouldn’t parents in modern America have their children vaccinated? Well, remember the shameless personal injury lawyers who, despite numerous scientific studies to the contrary, ginned up lawsuits against the makers of vaccines, insisting that a vaccine preservative caused autism? And remember former Playboy bunny and Hollywood mom Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine crusade that was aided and abetted by sensationalist media?