Mumps cases soar after vaccine fear

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Mumps cases soar after vaccine fear

Postby iain » Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:43 am

From today's Metro
Cases of mumps soared in Englandand Wales from January to March, figures showed yesterday. There were 578 reported cases compared with 331 in the last quarter of 2003. The Health Protection Agency said it was the highest quarterly total since records began in 1995. More than 70% of cases of the illness, which can cause fertility problems, were among 14 to 22 year olds. The agency blamed the rise partly on young people not having the MMR jab after the scare linking it to autism. The Government insists that the vaccine is safe.
Not surprising. The last sentence bugs me a bit - and seems common to a lot of MMR stories in the press. They say "the Government insists that the vaccine is safe." Is there a subtext of but who believes the government?? It might be better to say something like All the scientific evidence suggests that the vaccine is safe..

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Re: Mumps cases soar after vaccine fear

Postby Loon » Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:08 am

iain wrote:From today's Metro
Cases of mumps soared in Englandand Wales from January to March, figures showed yesterday. There were 578 reported cases compared with 331 in the last quarter of 2003. The Health Protection Agency said it was the highest quarterly total since records began in 1995. More than 70% of cases of the illness, which can cause fertility problems, were among 14 to 22 year olds. The agency blamed the rise partly on young people not having the MMR jab after the scare linking it to autism. The Government insists that the vaccine is safe.
Not surprising. The last sentence bugs me a bit - and seems common to a lot of MMR stories in the press. They say "the Government insists that the vaccine is safe." Is there a subtext of but who believes the government?? It might be better to say something like All the scientific evidence suggests that the vaccine is safe..


I'm not sure. I mean, the government is insisting that the vaccines are safe. So it's not technically wrong. But at the same time, they are ignoring the facts that:

--An overwhelming majority of scientists and doctors support vaccine usage.

--The evidence that vaccines are dangerous is astoundingly weak.

--The evidence that vaccines are safe is staggeringly solid.

--The evidence that vaccines prevent disease is irrefutable.

--The diseases that vaccines prevent can have NASTY consequences.
I guess there he chose to err on the side of more votes. -Grammatron

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Postby Doctor X » Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:37 am

Methinks iain is correct. The wording allows readers to infer:

"just like the government told you there were WMDs, Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman, Janet Reno is a woman, Cheney has no ties to oil, there were only three gunman at Daley Plaza, we landed on the moon. . . ."

Unfortunately, these are not funny, because measles is a serious disease.

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