Monday, May 09, 2005

Death by Measles or Lightning Strike

Given that millions and millions of children all over the world receive the measles vaccine every year, you'd think the disease was a) either pretty prevalent, or b) pretty dangerous.

Well, to put the measles into a little perspective, how about these stats from the UK:
  • Measles is the NUMBER ONE most serious childhood disease;
  • Six times more people in the UK are struck by lightning every year - 100 people on average - than died from measles in the major measles outbreaks in 1988 - 80,000 cases with 15 deaths;
  • There are 1500 UK asthma deaths annually rising at 1% per annum - 10,000 percent more than measles deaths in 1988;
  • Vaccines are implicated in allergies like asthma and immune diseases;
  • 1 in 1000 UK infants die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome);
  • SIDS was rare prior to 1950 and the DPT vaccine is implicated in SIDS deaths.
I think I'll keep my non-vaccinated son inside during the next thunderstorm.

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