Via The Tyee, an article by my colleague Shannon Rupp: Is There an Upside to a Measles Outbreak? Excerpt:
Who knew the return of measles would usher in a new age of wonders.
If you've followed the growing outrage over the anti-vaccination movement paving the way for diseases we thought were gone you'll have noticed a number of things that could be called miracles. Well, if I were the sort to indulge in magical thinking, that is.
From publishers apologizing to readers for inept health reporting, to naturopaths calling out homeopaths for selling fake vaccines, it's as if someone waved a magic wand and turned passive consumers into active citizens. Quaint old phrases like "the public good" are suddenly on everyone's lips.
Take the Toronto-area mom who made a splash internationally after she blogged about her infant being exposed to measles in their doctor's waiting room. She was quarantined on spot-watch for 21 days looking for symptoms of the disease that can kill babies.
"You have chosen not to vaccinate your child and I blame you," writes Jennifer Hibben-White, in a Facebook post that went viral. She goes on to tear a strip off Typhoid Mary for taking personal advantage of herd immunity at the expense of the old, the young and the infirm. Reportedly her post convinced some vaccine-resistors to change their minds.
Then there's the anti-vaxxing Queen's University professor Melody Torcolacci, MA, who has just taken one of those leaves-of-absence due to public uproar over her scientifically inaccurate course. The poor undergrads had been grousing about "physical determinants of health" since 2012, but it wasn't until measles arrived that the administration took her off the course.