WAPO: “Anti-vaxxers are dangerous. Make them face isolation, fines, arrests.”

I love my children. And, if I’m in a gracious mood, I believe that parents who do not vaccinate their children love theirs as much as I love mine.

But, I am quite confident in this fact: I love their children much more than they love mine. These anti-vaxxer parents — call them free-riders or even pro-plague — are putting my children and our communities at risk to cater to their erroneous belief that vaccinations would harm their children rather than contribute to the elimination of childhood diseases.

It is time we stop viewing the anti-vax movement and its adherents’ responsibility for the measles outbreak as a public health problem. With more than 700 reported cases confirmed in 22 states, it is now a public safety crisis, and the tools of public safety — arrests, fines, isolation — are absolutely necessary….

Juliette Kayyem is the faculty chair of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and the author of “Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/30/time-get-much-tougher-anti-vaccine-crowd/

Wow.    All she has to do is look at the vaccine adverse event reporting system at https://vaers.hhs.gov/data.html to get a clue about vaccine safety.    Despite the vaers system being entirely voluntary (only 1% of adverse events are reported * ) she’d find 141 DEATHS reported in 2018, and 45 deaths already in the first 3 months of this year, from vaccinations.   But apparently she doesn’t even have a firm grasp on logic, given that she believes her vaccinated children are at risk from unvaxxed children.   So does she believe vaccines work or not?

This is the state of american journalism, and the state of the “harvard university kennedy school of government”.   JFK would be rolling over in his grave.

* Preliminary data were collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions (2.6 percent of vaccinations) were identified. This is an average of 890 possible events, an average of 1.3 events per clinician, per month. These data were presented at the 2009 AMIA conference.In addition, ESP:VAERS investigators participated on a panel to explore the perspective of clinicians, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA towards systems that use proactive, automated adverse event reporting.Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. …

https://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/r18hs017045-lazarus-final-report-2011.pdf

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