Texas Rep Bill Zedler stated this week,
“They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in third-world countries they’re dying of measles,” Zedler said, “Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.”
Zedler seems to have a fundamental misunderstanding about herd immunity. The reason why people are not dying, even with vaccines, is because the vast majority (95<) of people here are vaccinated. As of now, most kids without vaccines are not getting measles, but that is changing. We are seeing a recurrence of measles outbreaks in the United States, and people like Zedler are to Blame. Also, Antibiotics are not vaccine alternatives, and will not help at all. Stacy can rub her son with her DoTerra tree oil all she wants, but her son is still at a much higher risk of getting measles, and potentially dying than a vaccinated child is.
Even more concerning than his misunderstanding about herd immunity, is his suggestion that measles can be cured with antibiotics (It can’t). Antibiotics do absolutely nothing to measles, the only thing that can help is vaccination.
Also this week, Darla Shine, wife of Bill Shine, the White House Communications Director, stated, “The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids.", “ Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer” This statement is vastly untrue, since during that era, 3-4 Million were infected, and around 4,000 people died from measles each year, also Measles reducing cancer is completely ridiculous since viral infections actually CAUSE cancer.
People like this are why diseases th
ought to be eradicated are coming back. You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. We need to stand up to anti vaxers not just for their kids, but for the kids who need heard immunity since they are allergic to vaccines.