Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

An article from the Wall Street Journal
July 19, 2013

Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

July 21, 2013--The Wall Street Journal reports on the costs of a false conception of connections between measles vaccination and measles, due to a 1998 study published in the Lancet. According to the article, "A measles outbreak infected 1,219 people in southwest Wales between November 2012 and early July, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011." It goes on to state that "It can take years for an outbreak to follow dropping vaccination rates. Doctors in Wales reported from 104 to 223 cases a year from 1999 to 2008. Reported cases rose to 567 in 2009 and fell to 117 in 2010. Then, in November 2012, doctors started seeing a marked increase. There were dozens of new cases a week, and authorities declared an outbreak. The outbreak especially hit children 10 to 18 years old who went unvaccinated during the autism scare."

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