Romania saw 15 measles cases in 2015. Since 2016, this number has blown-up to 2,165, including 13 fatalities. This is largely due to bogus claims from anti-vaccination campaigns in the country, according to a La Vanguardia report (computer translated).
President of the Romanian Society of Microbiology, Alexandru Rafila directly points the finger at the anti-vaxx movement and says, “Incorrect information, often tendentious, not based on scientific methods or real data should end so that they do not affect the health of our children”.
Mercury in vaccines, vaccines introduce foreign elements and vaccines cause asthma are some of the arguments made by the anti-vaccination movement.
This misinformation has resulted in vaccination rates in the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine falling from 95% of children in 2013 to 80% in 2016, and it continues to drop.
Campaigns led by the Christian Orthodox Pro Vita Federation, author of the 2012 book “Vaccines: Prevention or Illness” Christei Todea-Gross and the Coalition for the Family have spread the anti-vaccination message through a number of outlets.
The Ministry of Health has been denouncing “the irresponsible campaigns against the vaccination of children” for months; however, there are many parents who do not vaccinate their children for lack of confidence towards the authorities.
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It looks like it’s an outbreak mainly centered in the Roma population.
“Apparently the measles pest holes woud have been tracked down at the border of Bistrita and Cluj counties in Transylvania in the some Roma migrant communities that hadn’t vaccinated their children. Over 200 childred in these two counties have been identified with measles.
“We tried to establish the outbreak route, the Roma communities have also been abroad where other measles cases had been reported, but we couldn’t identify the initial source,” said the deputy director of the Public Health Direction in Bistrita Nasaud.
The social workers in the county explain that there are Roma communities in the area and they didn’t have their children vaccinated as they have been migrating this year, they have been in Italy.”
Well.. it’s been since 2014! Great! And they did not say a word about it to the world, just let it spread.. mainly in the nearby countries like Serbia, Hungary etc.. *claps gipsyland*
What I need is a link to offical statistics from governments agencies showing increasing amount of vaccine refusals and exact number in comparision to those who were vaccinated in Romania and nearby countries. Anti-vaccination movements are not the case.
This is Big Pharma and their frauds you should blame of this situation.
The latest available data from WHO (from 2015) shows that vaccination coverage for measles-containing vaccine was above the 95% target in 17 countries for the first dose and 8 countries for the second dose.
In 2012 we had in Romania 7400 cases of measles with 95% vaccination rate and nobody ever knew there was an epidemy. It’s all manipulation of the data.