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US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1481 (Published 28 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1481

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Measles in America—what’s playing out in New York State is nightmarish

Re: US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency

Measles is not identified by the US government as a disease which requires quarantining [1], yet now Rockland County are quarantining children and young people who do not have measles to protect other children who are supposed to be protected anyway [2]. No evidence is presented about the vaccination status of either those who have caught or passed on the disease. There was a time when almost everyone had natural immunity because they had caught the diseases as a child, but now many will have waning or failed immunity because of the inefficacy of the vaccine [3], and all we can do is vaccinate more with the inevitability that measles will still keep popping up. This is at least very good news for the manufacturers.

[1] https://www.hhs.gov/answers/public-health-and-safety/what-diseases-are-s...

[2] Janice Hopkins Tanne, ' US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency'
BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1481 (Published 28 March 2019)

[3] Rosen JB, Rota JS, Hickman CJ, Sowers SB, Mercader S, Rota PA, Bellini WJ, Huang AJ, Doll MK, Zucker JR, Zimmerman CM., 'Outbreak of measles among persons with prior evidence of immunity, New York City, 2011', Clin Infect Dis. 2014 May;58(9):1205-10. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu105. Epub 2014 Feb 27.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 March 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22