Fact Checking Sharyl Attkisson on the Measles Outbreaks

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Erin Elizabeth and Sharyl Attkisson reporting on measles outbreaks. What could go right?
Erin Elizabeth and Sharyl Attkisson reporting on measles outbreaks. What could go right?

Anti-vaccine folks are spreading fake news and propaganda from Sharyl Attkisson again.

Fact Checking Sharyl Attkisson on the Measles Outbreaks

While that’s probably not really news to anyone, let’s see what we got here…

“Bottom line is that they say that 31 of the 124 are not vaccinated. So guess what that means? You do the math, the rest are vaccinated.”

Erin Elizabeth

Her source?

An abc7NY article, Health Alert: 124 cases of measles now confirmed in Rockland County, which apparently was talking about both the outbreak in New York and another outbreak in Washington.

There are 35 cases in Washington, and “officials confirm that 31 of those confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles.”

What about in New York?

When this was published, there were 96 cases in Rockland County, 50 cases in Brooklyn, and 6 cases in Orange County. Almost all cases were unvaccinated.
When this was published, there were fewer cases in the outbreak, but still, almost all cases were unvaccinated.

Although the case counts have gone up – 128 in Rockland County and 64 in Brooklyn, it is unlikely that the percentages of unvaccinated to vaccinated have changed that much.

You do the math, even with the extra cases, you can’t get to 93 vaccinated people in the outbreak.

Bottom line, as in every other measles outbreak, the kids in the New York measles outbreak are almost all unvaccinated.

At it's worst, measles causes encephalitis or kills you! What's wrong with these people?
At it’s worst, measles causes encephalitis or kills you! What’s wrong with these people?

Anti-vaccine folks are panicking over the outbreaks and are putting out misinformation in overdrive.

“This is a very big article for us.”

Erin Elizabeth

Erin apparently thought she had a scoop. She “found” the first measles outbreak in which most kids were vaccinated! Except she didn’t… If she had done a little research and checked the outbreak stats on the health department website, she would have seen that.

Or she could have just read the article…

The 31 unvaccinated folks in the abc7NY article are clearly from the Oregon/Washington Outbreak.
The 31 unvaccinated folks in the abc7NY article are clearly from the Oregon/Washington Outbreak.

Don’t let them scare you into keeping your kids unvaccinated and at risk, especially when measles is on the rise.

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4 thoughts on “Fact Checking Sharyl Attkisson on the Measles Outbreaks

  1. I can’t believe the dishonesty of this article. These “vaccinated” people will have to repeat the vaccine at most every 7 years, because that’s when the antibodies die. Give me a rash for life long immunity! #malarkey #wasteofread

    1. MMR provides longterm, probably lifelong immunity against measles. Measles is far from just a rash.
      It’s not this careful fact-checking article that misled you. It’s the anti-vaccine sites who told you what you just said.

      1. omg thank God for people like Sharyl who expose the vax scam for what it is , a strongarm tactic perpertrated by the all powerful pharma industry to sell a very toxic product from whose dire consequences they are shielded from accountability and who is left to suffer, the many many countless children who’ve died or been afflicted with autism spectrum disorder, and yes the tenth circle of he’ll will be reserved for former employees of merck, gsk, et al, and the complicit media that took the dirty filthy money and put innocent children in peril

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