Saturday, December 14, 2002

Measles has been eradicated from the USA, but we still have minor outbreaks that are caused by immigrants. According to the CDC, there were 14 cases caused by American adoption of Chinese orphans. This makes no sense to me. Americans have to get measles vaccine to enter schools. Why aren't immigrants required to show proof of immunity before coming into the USA? I think that the priorities of the federal vaccine authorities is all wrong. The feds think that infection carrying foreigners have a right to bring their diseases into the USA, but healthy law-abiding Americans have no right to attend schools without a whole battery of unnecessary vaccinations. The current vaccine schedule requires at least 20 shots in the first 2 years of a baby's life, and each shot can have as many as 3 vaccines.

Meanwhile, Bush is ordering smallpox vaccinations in spite of the side effects. Japan has a much safer vaccine, but we won't be allowed to use it until 2004.

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