I have been reading from many people who are against vaccinations and their reasons do vary some based off of fear others of bad science/pseudo
science some even deny vaccinations work at all however one argument that keeps coming up seems to be along the lines of its my choice and it only
affects me. Well that's not true. If you think I am going to explain herd immunity protecting those who can't vaccinate due to medical reasons you
will be wrong.
This is about the other cost the one that can be measured by money itself it is based off of an article I found about a Measles outbreak in 2008 but
first lets refresh ourselves about Measiles.
The measles virus is among the most infectious of all know viruses, with an attack rate of well over 90%. That means that over 90% of susceptible
people — those who have not been vaccinated or who have not had the disease — will get it if exposed.
Before the introduction of a vaccine in 1963 measles caused about 4 million cases annually in the USA, leading to 48,000 hospitalizations and 500
deaths. That’s a lot of kids in the hospital. The measles vaccine has nearly eliminated these things, but not entirely.
Now about the article.
In January 2008 a mini-epidemic happened in California this was due to a unvaccinated 7-year-old boy who was unknowingly infected with measles
returned from Europe and proceeded to expose other children. Like many viruses, people who are infected spread the virus before they know they are
879 people were exposed, most of these were vaccinated so only 12 secondary cases occurred, all in unvaccinated children. Nine of these children were
deliberately unvaccinated, but three of them were too young to have received the vaccine. One three-month-old had to be hospitalized. Forty-eight
children too young to be vaccinated had to be quarantined at home for several days.
The article estimated the economic costs of the entire epidemic, including lost work time for parents, costs of treatment, and time spent by the
health department investigating it, at nearly ten thousand five hundred dollars per case. So besides saving lives, measles vaccine reduces healthcare
From the Article
Measles Outbreak in a Highly Vaccinated Population, San Diego, 2008: Role of the
RESULTS: The importation resulted in 839 exposed persons, 11 additional cases (all in unvaccinated children), and the hospitalization of an
infant too young to be vaccinated. Two-dose vaccination coverage of 95%, absence of vaccine failure, and a vigorous outbreak response halted spread
beyond the third generation, at a net public-sector cost of $10 376 per case. Although 75% of the cases were of persons who were intentionally
unvaccinated, 48 children too young to be vaccinated were quarantined, at an average family cost of $775 per child. Substantial rates of intentional
undervaccination occurred in public charter and private schools, as well as public schools in upper-socioeconomic areas. Vaccine refusal clustered
geographically and the overall rate seemed to be rising. In discussion groups and survey responses, the majority of parents who declined vaccination
for their children were concerned with vaccine adverse events.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite high community vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks can occur among clusters of intentionally undervaccinated children, at
major cost to public health agencies, medical systems, and families. Rising rates of intentional undervaccination can undermine measles
This OP is not trying to argue your FREEDOM as so many have repeatedly stated it is theirs to vaccinate or not. This is merely pointing out that that
freedom can come at a cost. It doesn't just affect you there are consequences to you and those around you. Anyway I found this when trying to look up
a more recent case from Aug. 27, 2013 in Texas where 21 people were infected but this article got my attention because I had never considered the
economic impact before.
Well I hope you consider this aspect when thinking about vaccinations and this is only about one type of contagious disease outbreak I am certainly
glad they are rare in this age. They are only rare because so many do vaccinate the more who are convinced not to do so the more frequent outbreaks
will become. BTW If I remember correctly the church in Texas changed its tune on vaccines after the recent outbreak. For those who do not remember
that case the link is below.
Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch sickens 21