Much of the current outbreak is traceable to the Philippines, where the disease is raging and easily spread to unvaccinated travelers. They come home to the U.S., where the
Health experts add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998. The author of the paper has been stripped of his medical license because of the dishonesty of that paper; but its devastating effect on vaccination rates in Britain and the U.S. lives on. Measles should have been all but eradicated in first-world countries by now; it's the shame of the anti-vaccination that the dangerous disease still spreads.
During a similar outbreak last year, the national
A backlash against anti-vaccination falsehoods is long overdue. The first signs of one emerged last week, when that noted scientific authority and spokesmodel Jenny McCarthy, who has been spreading anti-vaccination drivel for years, got wasted by the Internet community when she left herself open to a reaction. The details are here. Others who deserve blame for spreading disinformation and misrepresentations about vaccines include Katie Couric.