We are two weeks into the new year and already we have a contender for ‘2015’s Biggest Idiot’ – Fantastic.
A California woman on holiday at Disneyland is believed to have spread Measles to potentially dozens of holiday goers.
With over 26 cases of the disease now confirmed throughout four states, this makes up for nearly 12% of the yearly estimates of Americans who contract the illness.
This is an disease that can be devastating to young children who have not yet been vaccinated and, considering the woman was on holiday at Disneyland, it’s hard to believe that an individual can be so irresponsible as to expose youngsters to a potentially life threatening disease.
Now, Measles is not as common in the United States (or the Western world in general) as it is worldwide, with over 20 million people contracting the disease every year. These cases are mainly in underdeveloped nations, where access to adequate medical services simply isn’t a basic fact of life.
Despite the obvious success of the vaccination programmes against the disease, there is a growing movement in the US that opposes not only the vaccination of children against harmful virus’ or diseases, but apparently opposes science, logic and reason.
The opposition comes from ‘studies’ that have supposedly proven a link between the vaccination and autism in children – The claims have of course been debunked by scientific fact.
Come on guys, it’s 2015 already, can we leave behind pseudoscientific or religious based lunacy and embrace the wonders of modern medicine? Is that too much to ask?