Vaccines Fall Off — Sickness Jumps

Vaccine anti Damage

The graphic [above] was provided by the Council on Foreign Relations and it illustrates in shockingly easy-to-understand visual language the impact the anti-vaccination movement is having in countries which should be free of easily preventable diseases. Outbreaks of whooping cough, thought to be eradicated almost entirely, now appear in places like the United States and Europe with even greater frequency and in larger numbers than in the economically underdeveloped world.

The state of Wisconsin alone saw more than 7,000 cases of the disease between 2011 and 2013. In California, the number was over 10,000. At least 10 babies died in the state from the disease in 2010. In 2009, there were no news reports of vaccine-preventable diseases in the state of Washington. In 2012, the state suffered five distinct outbreaks of whooping cough, totaling 7,000 cases of a disease that was once close to eradication.

from the LA TImes via the Daily Banter

Suing the EPA

“Environmental groups, industries, and possibly states today are filing their intent to sue EPA in federal court over the agency’s regulation limiting smog. Five groups represented by Earthjustice — including the American Lung Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Parks Conservation Association — will argue that EPA violated the Clean Air Act by not following the advice of their scientific advisers to issue a tougher standard. They will contend that the White House illegally intervened and allowed politics to trump the science. “The president personally engaged in an unprecedented level of intervention and interference,” NRDC’s John Walke said today. Today is the deadline for filing intent to sue.”

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