Our John Stone works tirelessly to keep a voice of reason in the BMJ rapid responses. This week, he was able to comment on the Rockland County Quarantine of healthy children during a measles outbreak. The Monty Python troupe could not have created a more bizarre skit than the Rockland County Inquisition currently underway. Thank you, John.
Re: US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency
Measles is not identified by the US government as a disease which requires quarantining , yet now Rockland County are quarantining children and young people who do not have measles to protect other children who are supposed to be protected anyway . No evidence is presented about the vaccination status of either those who have caught or passed on the disease. There was a time when almost everyone had natural immunity because they had caught the diseases as a child, but now many will have waning or failed immunity because of the inefficacy of the vaccine , and all we can do is vaccinate more with the inevitability that measles will still keep popping up. This is at least very good news for the manufacturers.
 Janice Hopkins Tanne, ' US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency'
BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1481 (Published 28 March 2019)
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