WTF? WTF? WTF? !!!!1!!!!1!!!!
This is a very depressing example of a journalist being entirely taken in by an anti-vaccination crank, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, spruiking his snake-oil at the U.S. Autism & Asperger Association’s regional conference on Saturday in Cherry Hill, Jersey.
Among the diseases that have virtually disappeared are measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis and whooping cough and vaccines are not available to prevent any of them, Eisenstein said.
I say again, WTF? WTF? WTF?
The case of Scarlet Fever is a little more complicated – there was a vaccine in the early 20th century, but its use was discontinued once antibiotics were available to treat the infection, apparently that particular vaccine did have some nasty side-effects and the alternative of isolation and antibiotics was deemed more effective in containing infection as well as treating the condition. But I still found that out in just a few minutes of googling – why couldn’t Lavinia DeCastro do as much?
P.S. if you’re about to argue that autism is due to vaccines, please don’t. Go and do some reading instead.