Judge bars unvaccinated students from returning to school
| PLUS: “I almost died of measles when I was 17.”
Mar 13, 2019
CBS – A federal judge in Rockland County, New York has jumped into the simmering debate over measles vaccinations.
With cases rising, the judge barred 50 unvaccinated students from attending the Green Meadow Waldorf School for at least three weeks.
Parent Beatrice Burgis agrees with the judge’s ruling that would keep unvaccinated kids at home:
“I believe that he’s trying to mitigate a potential further outbreak and he’s trying to keep everybody safe.”
On Tuesday, a new case in Rockland County brought the total to 146.
This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 228 cases in 12 states.
The Rockland County outbreak was centered in an Orthodox Jewish community.
Almost all states allow exemptions for religious beliefs, and 17 states allow a parent to opt out for philosophical or personal reasons … Read more.
I almost died of measles when I was 17. Why are anti-vaxxers making the news again?
By Van Badham, The Guardian
Mar 14, 2019
The Guardian – Anti-vaxxers are back in the news – and, my God, it’s relentless.
On Wednesday, the Australian Medical Association was obliged to condemn celebrity chef Pete Evans for spruiking an anti-vax podcaster.
Mere days earlier, Taylor Winterstein, the wife of a well-known Australian rugby league player, was exposed promoting $200-a-head workshops in which she informs participants she does not vaccinate her children.
Neither have medical qualifications. MSN reports Winterstein is a “wellness blogger”.
Also this week: a 6-year-old boy in Oregon who cut himself playing on his family farm spent two months in hospital and almost died from a tetanus infection.
“When the boy arrived at the emergency department, his muscle spasms were so severe he could not talk or open his mouth and was struggling to breathe,” said the doctor who treated him.
The child’s treatment cost near $1 million, and the entire episode could have been prevented by a routine vaccination his parents denied him.
A reminder here that the World Health Organization blames the anti-vaxxer movement for a resurgence in deadly outbreaks of entirely preventable illnesses, across the world.
Oregon itself is in the midst of a political debate about ending non-medical exemptions from childhood vax jabs.
Understandably – the state is also in the grip of its third month of a measles outbreak, with 70 people diagnosed with the potentially lethal disease since 1 January.
Meanwhile, Australian Shantelle Cartwright – 20 years old, also partnered to a footballer – was herself in the news for sharing anti-vax beliefs with her Instagram followers.
She can maintain her child’s health, she says, with a “natural” lifestyle and “wholefoods and probiotics” for “gut health”.
Tetanus, by the way, is a “natural” spore that exists in soil.
It’s just that if those spores enter an open wound, they make a poison in the body, block nerve signals to muscles and provoke spasms strong enough to break bones.
Untreated, 1 in 4 people die. “Gut health” doesn’t really come into it. Read more.