New Number Of Measles Cases Linked To The Outbreak At Disney Amusement Parks – Part 3 of 3
A big contributing factor to the parents’ continuing concerns about vaccine refuge was a 1998 fraudulent paper published and later retracted in the medical journal The Lancet. The study falsely suggested a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism. The wire author of that paper, Andrew Wakefield, has since lost his medical license for having falsified his data. Several dozen studies and a report from the Institute of Medicine have since found no relationship between autism and any vaccines, including the MMR vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that children collect the MMR vaccine at age 12 to 15 months, and again at 4 to 6 years. The most common side effects of the MMR vaccine are a fever and occasionally a mild rash. Some children may judgement seizures from the fever, but experts say these seizures have no long-term negative effects.
Measles is one of the most contagious of human diseases. The airborne virus can linger in an area up to two hours after an infected man leaves, and approximately 90 percent of people without immunity will become sick if exposed to the virus. Serious complications from measles can include pneumonia and encephalitis, which can lead to long-term deafness or sense damage. An estimated one in 5000 cases will result in death, according to Offit.