So, Wakefield didn’t win then

The UK has eliminated measles for the first time, global health leaders have said.

Elimination of measles or rubella can be verified once a country has sustained “interruption of endemic transmission” for at least 36 months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UK nearly achieved this in the 1990s but was set badly off course by the MMR scandal, which saw vaccination rates plunge.

Health officials said rates have now reached the recommended 95 per cent coverage level in five-year-olds.

The European Regional Verification Commission said the UK has now achieved elimination status as of 2016 for measles.

In the year of my birth measles killed 127 children. And left some unknown, larger, number permanently blinded and or brain damaged.

The last known case of smallpox (other than infected lab workers) was when I was in secondary school, the declaration of victory just before I left it.

It always rather worries me when people say that living standards aren’t rising. Continuing to live is, I tend to think, a rise in standards. So is parents not having to carry a little white coffin….something the modal family of a century ago was likely to have to do.

11 thoughts on “So, Wakefield didn’t win then”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    We have an essentially Open Border policy. So Britain won’t remain free of anything for much longer.

    Not even rabies.

  2. @”Continuing to live is, I tend to think, a rise in standards.”
    True, although a rise in TB is therefore not a rise in standards – and we have that.

  3. For God’s asked Tim! Those kids not dying of measles are now dying with Alzheimer’s in their nineties. It’s an epidemic. How can you say that living standards have risen with thsee sort of statistics around?

  4. I worry about the forthcoming fight over self driving cars. The test should be whether they are safer than human drivers. That will save lives. They don’t have to be as safe as jumbos.

  5. Hallowed Be: Generally agree but I hope that they will be safer than the safest human drivers, rather than the average which will be dragged down by the headcases.
    Even if that is achieved I can see a difficult period during which the “wrong” people resist going driver-less the longest.
    The headcases could stick to driving manually while the average person, not especially interested in driving for its own sake, is relieved to let the computer take over.

  6. I don’t know anyone who died of the standard childhood diseases and I’m nearly 50. That includes measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria, whooping cough, scarlet fever, polio, and croup. I think a time traveller from 1917 would be staggered (and hopefully gratified) at the fact that the death of a single child can make national headlines for weeks.

  7. …parents not having to carry a little white coffin…

    Why are they painted white?

    Do BAMEs paint theirs yellow, hues of brown or black?

  8. When I was a wee lad, I got my first bicycle as an Easter present. Once I got the hang of it, riding on two wheels was such a thing to me at the time, that I spent the rest of the next couple of days riding up and down the driveway.

    The couple of days of this and I woke up on Monday morning, got out of bed, started walking down the hall and collapsed screaming in pain from the the delayed onset muscle soreness caused by my over-indulgence of exercise.

    My grandparents were visiting for the holiday, and my grandfather was the one who, responding to my cries, found me writhing in pain on the floor, and he turned white and damn near fainted dead away. I didn’t understand why, ’till my mother explained that when she was growing up, polio was still a thing.

    I remember this every time I read some anti-vac bullshit.

  9. Wakefield was trying to make billions off his hysteria nonsense. Too bad for millions of kids whose parent bought his bullshit.

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