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The Heavy-Handed Response to the Measles Outbreak (Guest: Dr. Jane Orient)

October 22, 2019

As of May 2019, there have been 818 cases of measles in the U.S., eight times more than the entire year in 2016. Government has responded with a number of actions, but Orient believes they are ineffective, and worse, steer the country away from better sol

The measles outbreak has caused a side-effect among some policy makers:  respond-itus.  Throughout the country, government is using its power to control people’s health care choices.  Orient discusses several responses such as fines in New York City for people who cannot prove immunity to “shaming” measures, allowing public schools to post immunization rates.  Orient will discuss how 100 percent vaccination compliance may not prevent an outbreak, the medical aspects of vaccines, the risks of having a “live” vaccine and the possibility of spreading the disease, and measures not being considered such as sanitation and quarantines. She also discusses the alarming increase in mumps and why that is failing to get attention. 
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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Jane M. Orient, M.D. is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. @jorient