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If you live or work in the regions where the number of patients is increasing and do not know whether you have been infected with measles, or whether you are vaccinated against the disease, I would like you to consider getting vaccinated.

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Keiko Taya, a senior researcher of the NIID’s Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, which has called on the public to get vaccinated against rubella amid signs of a new epidemic emerging from the Kanto region.

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I got the jab because my wife is pregnant. Then i get told that the vaccine isnt effective for up to 2 months.

By that time i guess the current wave of infections will be passed

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Vaccinate your kids, vaccinate yourself.

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I've had German measles when I was a kid, terrible experience. Years later, I considered it was a godsend because you're already immune to it and can't get infected (please correct me if i'm wrong) and was able to interact with friends who were infected. Vaccines are the next best thing aside from intentionally infecting yourself to develop immunity, of course. Just remember that before vaccination and antibiotics because a thing, people would die from measles centuries ago

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Due to the near insanity of anti-vax idiots, quite a number of children have not been vaccinated against measles and we are now seeing unnecessary deaths from this disease.

There were always some who did not vaccinated, out of laziness or stupidity of their parents, but the numbers have grown to the extent that those children are no longer protected by herd immunity.

But I am surprised that this is the case in Japan, where people are less hysterical about such things and more likely to follow doctors' advice.

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Vaccines are the next best thing aside from intentionally infecting yourself to develop immunity, of course.

Vaccines are way better for developing immunity. They are vastly safer than allowing the diseases they protect against to run their course (which can be drastic), and they allow immunity to be induced in a controlled and timely manner. And, of course, you don't have to catch the disease at all to get the immunity.

Waiting until you catch measles or chickenpox or mumps is not an effective way of getting immunity from so-called childhood diseases, because there are always people who catch these later on rather than in their early years, and the symptoms in adolescents and adults tend to be considerably more severe. (Don't take that as admission that these diseases are necessarily mild in young children either - even chickenpox can be fatal, or life-changing. Measles even more so.)

Just remember that before vaccination and antibiotics because a thing, people would die from measles centuries ago

People still die from measles, and still suffer serious damage from complications. It's essential to remember that, because not everyone is vaccinated; not everyone can be vaccinated; and not everyone gains the required immunity from vaccination. But universal vaccination programmes can eradicate measles from the population through herd immunity - something that was nearly achieved in the United States, where in some years there were no indigenous cases. Unfortunately, that's slipped out of reach again, and will probably stay that way, thanks in large part to the growth in antivaccine claptrap, and antivaccine idiocy.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-nurse-investigation-posting-patients-measles-anti-vaccination/story?id=57443736

One thing that interests me is how influential Andrew Wakefield has been in giving the antivaccine movement a boost. At the beginning he was all about "concern" that the MMR "might" not be as safe as stated, and that alone was sufficient to deal a massive blow to MMR - around the world - that it has yet to recover from. At that point, he was still passing himself off as on the side of science, though not actually with good science of his own:

"And I have to say that there is sufficient anxiety in my own mind of the safety, the long term safety of the polyvalent, that is the MMR vaccination in combination, that I think that it should be suspended in favour of the single vaccines, that is continued use of the individual measles, mumps and rubella components."

Since then, he's basically "come out", and is now full-on antivax. From the privileged position, mind, of someone who has been vaccinated against numerous diseases himself. Now he's doing the valuable work of convincing others to not protect their children:

http://www.startribune.com/anti-vaccine-doctor-meets-with-somalis/118547569/

Ain't he lovely.

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You do not even know what is in the vaccines. How gullible can you get?

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You do not even know what is in the vaccines.

This information is not a secret, you can get it and so can anyone else.

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You do not even know what is in the vaccines. How gullible can you get?

Anyone can find out. Do you know?

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