Reduced uptake of the MMR vaccine, fueled no doubt by anti-vaccine propaganda, has resulted in a recent significant increase in Measles in the UK as shown by the graph on the right. And despite what the anti-vaccine twits will tell you, Measles can be a very serious disease. According to the CDC:
As many as one out of 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, and about one child in every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis. (This is an inflammation of the brain that can lead to convulsions, and can leave your child deaf or mentally retarded.) For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.
And that last statistic is sadly confirmed in the BBC article:
So far this year, 150 children have been admitted to hospital with complications and one child has died.
One child died. Compare that with the slight risk of an allergic reaction to the vaccine. And yet, the BBC reports that only 75% of children in the UK have had both doses of the MMR vaccine, at 12 to 15 months and at four to six years, as recommended. This reduced uptake of MMR is almost certainly the reason for the current increase in the disease.
That is the result, so far, of the pseudo-scientific scare stories put out by the anti-vaccination loons. If the uptake of the vaccine does not increase, there will be more deaths.
Hat tip to Jimmy Blue for the story.