Today's media freakout around Southern California is over nine cases of the measles being link to visits to the Disneyland Resort late last month.
The nine cases, including two children from Utah plus kids from Alameda, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties in California, as well as from Theme Park Insider's hometown of Pasadena in Los Angeles county, all visited the resort between Dec. 15 - 20. Authorities are urging people who visited during that time and who may have had symptoms, including fever and rash, to contact their doctor.
There's an easy way to drastically reduce your, or your child's, chances of getting the measles -- and it is not to avoid a visit to Disneyland. If you want to avoid the measles get vaccinated!
Measles used to be almost unheard of in the United States, until a now-disgraced doctor made up a crazy and now completely debunked story about vaccines causing autism, a ex-Playboy model started going on talk shows to spread that story, and millions of parents decided that celebrities and talk show hosts knew more about medicine than doctors did.
Disneyland doesn't spread the measles. Not getting vaccinated does. Two of the victims in this case were kids under the age at which the measles vaccine is administered. In previous years "herd immunity" due to widespread vaccination of older kids would have protected them. But with so many people falling prey to anti-vaccine rumors, that herd immunity is gone.
Celebreties are great for entertainment. But when it comes to medicine, animal care, personal finances, or just about any other topic outside of entertainment itself, they're a lousy source of information. Don't trust a celebrity. Talk to your doctor instead. You don't have to stay away from your favorite theme parks to stay healthy. You just need to listen to medical professionals who actually know what they're talking about.Tweet
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