One of the world’s most deadly debilitating diseases had its last reported case in Canada in 1977. This disease has been almost eradicated throughout the world. I’m talking about polio, and you know why it is almost non-existent? Vaccinations. There’s another infectious disease fairly common when I was a boy; measles.
So far in 2018 there have only been two cases reported in Canada. The reason is that an effective measles vaccine has been around for over 40 years. Europe had more than 21,000 cases of measles last year. Doctors say that’s a tragedy and shouldn’t happen because the measles vaccine is available. Trouble is, less people are being vaccinated due to a long-disproven myth that the vaccine has side effects, such as causing autism. A former British doctor published an article 20 years ago linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and ever since some parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children even though his findings have been found fraudulent, his study was formally retracted and he was stripped of his licence to practice. Unfortunately, the contemporary anti-vaccine movement still uses the disproven 1998 publication as grounds to not vaccinate children. Right now, the ant-vaccine movement is huge in Italy and the measles epidemic there is so bad that the government has now passed a law requiring parents to vaccinate their children or face a fine.