Well, anti-vaxxers Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey should really feel like sh*t right now.
For 12 years, not a single American has died because of the measles virus. But because of the anti-vaxxer movement, death by measles is once again a stark reality in the United States.
On Thursday, the Washington State Department of Health confirmed that a woman succumbed to the disease after discovering the cause of death via an autopsy.
In a statement released by the agency, the woman apparently contracted the disease unknowingly while at a hospital during a measles outbreak in the spring. And she was even more vulnerable to the disease because the medication she had been taking weakened her immune system.
“This tragic situation illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against measles,” the department report said.
“People with compromised immune systems often cannot be vaccinated against measles. Even when vaccinated, they may not have a good immune response when exposed to disease; they may be especially vulnerable to disease outbreaks. Public health officials recommend that everyone who is eligible for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine get vaccinated so they can help protect themselves, their families, and the vulnerable people in their community.“Measles is highly contagious even before the rash starts, and is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. If you’re not protected, you can get measles just by walking into a room where someone with the disease has been in the past couple of hours.”
This is an example of how dangerous and deadly the measles is to the population and proves that anti-vaxxers and their ignorant beliefs are a threat the to public safety and health.
Even Fox News has harshly criticized anti-vaxxers.
Fox News host Shep Smith had particularly strong words for anti-vaxxers in February as a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland continued to spread to states across the nation.
“A lot of you want to talk about science deniers, that’s what you are people! You non-vaxxers, you’re science deniers! That’s it!” Smith said on his show.
“A small minority of parents refuse vaccines for their children citing all kinds of weirdness, including a possible link to autism, which science says does not exist. And according to the CDC, there is absolutely no link to autism and all the anti-vaxxers are hurting all the other little children by not letting little Johnny and little Janey get their shots. Get your shots! C’mon now!”
And a Fox medical expert also ripped anti-vaxxers a new one.
During an appearance on Fox in January, NYU Langone Medical Center associate professor of medicine Marc Siegel slammed celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey for pretending to be medical experts and talked about how measles is even more contagious and deadlier than Ebola. He also praised the vaccine that had until now wiped out the disease in this country.
“Let me be clear on this, I see no debate whatsoever. Period. This is the greatest vaccine that has ever been created in the history of vaccines. You know we stamped out measles in the United States in 2000. It was incredible because measles is the most contagious virus known to man. If you had measles there would be a 90 percent chance that I would get it by sitting next to you if I weren’t vaccinated. It’s so much more contagious than the flu. We were talking about Ebola, this is a million times more contagious than Ebola!”
Indeed, measles is, in fact, deadlier than Ebola and is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide.
The woman who died caught a disease that should have remained wiped out within our shores and it would have remained that way had it not been for anti-vaccination nut jobs who refuse to vaccinate their kids out of some ridiculous notion that the MMR vaccine causes autism. This death was preventable and shows why it is time to require vaccinations by law and eliminate the exemptions that allowed the measles to have a comeback in the first place.