Andrew Wakefield, Jackie Fletcher and the wilfully ignorant JABS nutters, the pig-ignorant journalists and all the rest of the merry crew who perpetrated the MMR hoax – are they proud of their achievement?
There have been 300 cases of measles in Hackney. Now it’s cropped up south of the river. My family and I live within the borough of Lewisham so this is getting close to home. Little H has been vaccinated but I am aware that vaccinations are not perfect – although the vaccinated face a much lower risk of contracting the disease than the unvaccinated, the risk is not zero.
A vaccination level of at least 95% is needed to prevent the disease from spreading. In Lewisham, thanks to the fear and confusion created and spread by the antivaxxers, it is only 64.3%. Measles is going to spread. The fact that there are two widely separated hot-spots suggest that the disease is already spread throughout London and with such low immunisation rates things are likely to get a lot worse.
Nor is the problem confined to London. It is in Scotland too. In the whole of 2007, Health Protection Scotland reported four cases of measles. This year there have already been 36 cases.
Thanks to the MMR hoaxers, measles is not the only problem – the population is inadequately protected from mumps and rubella too. Contrary to the propaganda of the antivaxxers, none of these three diseases are trivial. As any man who has been sterilised by mumps, any woman who has lost her unborn child due to rubella and any child who has been blinded by measles would agree.
If it happens to you, you know who to thank.