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Jan. 29, 2015 — Fantasyland

As much as was made last month about a small handful of Ebola virus cases in the United States, there has been a deafening silence about a disease outbreak in the United States that was just as easily preventable, and with outcomes which could be as deadly.

The disease outbreak is measles, a childhood ailment which has been pretty much under control in the U.S. thanks to widespread vaccination in the Western world using the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination regimen.

There is, however, resistance to the MMR vaccine amongst certain groups of misguided individuals who fail to realize that all children should be vaccinated for the public health good of the nation. Clusters of unvaccinated children in Nigeria have led to widespread illnesses and needless, preventable deaths.

Currently, public health authorities in California are keeping track of an estimated 75 children and their families in 11 states who visited Disneyland since the first of the year. It turns out that Orange County has become a place where the self-styled “anti-vaxxer” movement has become entrenched.

It is a dangerous situation, having such a group of skeptics and deniers with close access to thousands of children who travel to and from such a world-famous theme park billed as “The Happiest Place On Earth.”

The regrettable thing is, all it takes is ONE live case of measles to infect a household, a schoolroom, a neighborhood. And it is the selfishness of the anti-vaccine parent or parents to enable an epidemic.

Think about it.


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