Possible mumps outbreaks affecting some Utah schools

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  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    April 17, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    Measles was declared "eradicated" in the US in 2016.
    From 2001 to 2008, the average number of cases of mumps was only 265 per year.
    It made little sense to get immunized for viruses that you had a virtually zero chance of getting.
    What happened?
    We have legal immigration laws for a reason.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    Attempts to equate anti-vax with a political philosophy are counterproductive. Vaccine deniers span a wide spectrum of beliefs. Immunizations are not about religion or politics, they are about verifiable medical science and public health. Conflating the two only brings further polarization. Pseudo science and irresponsible conspiracy theory is used by the anti-vax community but public health policy should rely on evidence-based science.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 16, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    @vanceone

    "The anti-vax movement is mostly driven by liberals, a fact Impartial and BSR are careful to ignore and not mention."

    I don't care if it's being driven by little green men from Mars - it's stupid and dangerous and anyone who is anti-vax should be quarantined on a deserted island somewhere.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    "Vanceone - Provo, UT
    April 16, 2019 10:46 a.m.
    The anti-vax movement is mostly driven by liberals, a fact Impartial and BSR are careful to ignore and not mention."

    That is a patently false statement. This is not a right/left issue. It's an ignorance issue. Many anti- science, religious conservatives are refusing to vaccinate their kids. So are anti-government liberals. Utah's issues with anti-vaxers are coming from republican dominated areas.

  • WJDad West Jordan, UT
    April 16, 2019 11:14 a.m.

    Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date too. I had mumps as a child (before MMR was available) then kept my immunization refreshers current until I was in my mid-40s. Then I caught mumps again when I was 56!

    I went back and brought everything current again as soon as I recovered.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    April 16, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    The anti-vax movement is mostly driven by liberals, a fact Impartial and BSR are careful to ignore and not mention. The measles outbreak in Washington occurred in a very predominantly liberal area, and the leading anti-vaccine people are all leftists.

    So much for "science based."

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 16, 2019 9:39 a.m.

    @biscuit

    "why the salty view on Utah people."

    How about, because a lot of them are making dumb decisions that endanger themselves and others?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    @Biscuit - , 00
    April 16, 2019 9:04 a.m.
    imp7
    "Utahn's that believe that places like Infowars and AM radio are real news sources"
    Agree with you anti-vax views, but come on brother, why the salty view on Utah people. Cheer up and enjoy."

    If you're going to cite someone, please use their full statement, don't edit to fit your narrative. My statement was;"Yeah, but many Utahn's that believe that....."

    It's not a condemnation of all Utahn's. I've lived in 8 states in my lifetime and nowhere have a seen a larger block of people, that are stubbornly, willfully ignorant that deny science, than Utah.

  • Biscuit , 00
    April 16, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    imp7

    "Utahn's that believe that places like Infowars and AM radio are real news sources"

    Agree with you anti-vax views, but come on brother, why the salty view on Utah people. Cheer up and enjoy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 7:44 a.m.

    "According to an article in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, vaccination rates have continued to drop since a controversial 1998 study by doctor Andrew Wakefield that suggested a connection between the vaccine and autism in young children. Several studies later disproved that connection."

    Yeah, but many Utahn's that believe that places like Infowars and AM radio are real news sources, will never believe that vaccinations are safe. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, 900 kids have died from measles in the past 6 months in Madagascar. 3rd world countries have been racing, for years to eradicate the very same diseases that the US eradicated decades ago. They are shaking their heads of our foolishness in ignoring vaccinations that keep our population safe. Keep the unvaccinated kids out of school for the rest of the term. Let the parents pick up their lessons and homework and hand it in.