Who could have seen this coming? Oh, yes… EVERYONE.
Oh, look! A wall! Pardon me while I bang my head up against it.
The latest measles outbreak is in Texas, where the virus has sickened 25 people, most of whom are members or visitors of a church led by the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.
Fifteen of the measles cases are centered around Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, whose senior pastor, Terri Pearsons, has previously been critical of measles vaccinations.
The outbreak was started by a visitor to the church who had recently traveled to a country where measles remains common, according to Tarrant County Public Health spokesman Al Roy.
Those sickened by measles include nine children and six adults, ranging in age from 4 months old to 44 years old. At least 12 of those infected were not fully immunized against measles, Roy says. The other patients have no record of being vaccinated. The 4-month-old is too young to have been received the measles vaccine, which is typically given at 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. What a very handy reminder of why we give vaccines. And of what happens when not enough people get them.
Diseases do not care if you are vulnerable to them because your idiocy springs from the Right or the Left. It doesn’t matter if your pastor told you not to get vaccinated or you’d just as soon trust your homeopath. Doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you’re vulnerable to a disease you could have prevented for no good reason whatsoever, and as a result we’re all just a little bit less healthy as a nation.