Tech Times has another story this morning that you can mention the next time some troubled soul tries to tell you that government should stop requiring vaccines in order to combat infectious diseases and protect the public health:
“Health Officials Declare Rubella Completely Eradicated In The Americas
Rubella, also known as German measles, a disease considered a grave risk to unborn children, has been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel says.
Medical experts say the successful elimination of the contagious viral disease is a historic achievement for North and South America, on a level with the elimination of smallpox in 1971 and polio in 1994.
With the success of mass vaccination programs, the last endemic cases of rubella in the Americas were in Brazil and Argentina in 2009.
With no cases declared during five consecutive years, the Americas have been declared free of the rubella virus, says Carissa Etienne, head of the Pan-American Health Organization, a part of the World Health Organization.”
The story also notes that:
“Measles were eliminated in the Americas in 2002, but a rise of the number of children unvaccinated over parents’ fears of autism from the MMR vaccination has allowed imported cases to cause outbreaks in the U.S., such as the one traced to Disneyland in California in late 2014.”