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Dangerous Triple Play: decrease in vaccinations, increase in childhood diseases, and the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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I have been blogging about measles for about a year now, since we had an outbreak in Framingham, Massachusetts in February 2014. Recently an outbreak in California is seen to be caused from exposure to the highly contagious virus at Disneyland in Anaheim.

In August 2014, we reported the alarm rung by Cleveland Clinic physician Eric Kodish.

Cleveland is the center of the sports world this week. Let’s face it – Cleveland Rocks! With LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers and Johnny Manziel joining the Browns, everyone is talking up Cleveland. Who knew? In this short post, we are featuring a physician from the Cleveland Clinic, and his warnings about the consequences now from poor guidance on vaccinations over the last ten years, with a special added risk for all those who remain unvaccinated.

Because of the increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria, exposure to rubella, measles, mumps, whooping cough is more dangerous now than before. Your failure to vaccinate your child may lead to the measles death of another person, if your child carries the measles for a time and transmits it to another.

Cleveland Clinic physician Eric Kodish calls those parents who withhold vaccination from their children “ethically negligent”, not only because the vaccine protects their own child, but because through the process known as herd immunity, the vaccine protects others when a high percent of the population receives the vaccine.

Of course, it is not only the safety of others that call us to have our children vaccinated. The child you save may be your own. If your friend tells you she won’t vaccinate her children, let her know she needs to for the safety of her children. When it comes to vaccinations – we are all in this together.

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John L. Keefe
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