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Something I’ve thought of posting for awhile:

My personal manifesto on vaccines in the context of measles outbreaks and as an Epi PhD student with a small child under the age of 1.

A thread.

Grab some popcorn and settle in.

#Parenthood #StudentParent #EpiTwitter
A bit of background: We have family and many friends who live on #VashonIsland (known for having low rates of immunization).

My undergraduate thesis looked at school rates of vaccines on Vashon and found no #herdimmunity for ANY vaccine preventable disease in 2012.
Vashon is an evil genius’ dream for an outbreak.

There are 2 grocery stores, where everyone shops.

The schools share facilities, have student mentor exchanges, etc.

There are regular student trips to the 1 senior center.

Did I mention it’s an island?

It's dry tinder.
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1/ #medtwitter #twitternists #proudtobeGIM

I've been sitting on a @SocietyGIM #sgim19 debrief #medthread since the meeting, and thought I might finally take a swing at it - here goes ..

I am considering whether I can do more division/systems leadership in coming years .. ->
2/ Theme of the conference was 'Courage to Lead', and single best workshop for me was :

Leading Change: Tools/Tips for Change Management

Crediting Alfred Burger, Emily Fondahn, Brent Petty, Nathan Spell, Dan Steinberg - can't find them on Twitter, so giving proper 🗣🗣.
3/ would like to share key concepts for all of us trying to lead in academic medicine or in #advocacy spaces.

First key Slide/thoughts:

The hard stuff - barriers to change .. ->
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Fun vax fact: ICUs did not exist before the polio epidemics. Mechanical ventilation became widespread in the 1950s due to increase in polio cases. The virus causes paralysis of the muscles that control swallowing & breathing in <1% of patients or 13-20k paralytic cases/yr and
300-1000 deaths/yr in US. Salk's inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) became available in 1955 and changed the world. People waited in line for hours. The oral polio (OPV) @sabinvaccine came out in '61. By 1965, there were only 61 paralytic cases. It was eliminated from the US in '79
In 2018, there were 33 cases of polio worldwide. Wherever vaccines go, the disease vanishes. When vaccination decreases, due to warfare or antivaccine beliefs, the disease recurs like it did in Nigeria after WHO vaccine workers were kicked out of the country. Antivax harms kids.
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Let’s talk #VaccineLiability. There’s a vaccine court that has a lower evidentiary bar than any civil court in the US. If a plaintiff fails there, he can STILL sue in civil court afterward. Our system does protect families. #VaccinesSaveLives
Let’s talk #VAERS. It’s an important database in which anyone can voluntarily report any effect of a vaccine: injection site soreness,fever,fussiness,redness. I’ve reported. So when #ProPlague #Antivaxxers quote numbers, just ask for the breakdown of VAERs reports.#VaccinesWork
The #VAERS system helps monitor concerning symptoms that could start to appear (eg, ⬆️’d soreness or fever with a specific batch of vaccines). It helped identify concerns w/rotavirus so it could undergo rigorous safety testing. It’s a great 1st step in safety.#VaccineMonitoring
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I think I have been defeated by measles. Not the virus--I got a booster, and I know #vaccineswork.

But if we can't make inroads into the nonsense network, even with all the #scicomm pros having studied this, had panels, we have the data... We're just fucked at this point.
There's not a chance we are gonna be able to explain to people the details of this hot garbage new paper on glyphosate and 3rd generation rodents. Not a chance. Nobody will hear it. The nonsense network is already screeching it.
I'm sure there's a legal team lined up on it too. But the larger problem is this: we have no tools to stop the nonsense. I know you want to coddle all the hesistant parents. Fine. But they are hesitant because they have been filled with nonsense.
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It's World Immunization Week!

Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Cholera
Diphtheria
Hep B
Influenza
Japanese encephalitis
Measles
Meningitis
Mumps
Pertussis
Pneumonia
Polio
Rabies
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus
Typhoid
Varicella
Yellow Fever
#VaccinesWork!
It’s World Immunization Week!

Through childhood, adolescence and into old age, #VaccinesWork to protect our health at every stage of life!

👉 bit.ly/2ICUZMx #HealthForAll
It's World Immunization Week!

Ensure you and your family are vaccinated on time, every time. Check with your health worker to see if your vaccines are up-to-date.

Yes, #VaccinesWork! 👉bit.ly/2ICUZMx
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#Measles thread:

If you grew up like I did with parents who didn’t believe in vaccinating kids cause “cult” church, or whatever, you may be wondering if you should get yourself vaccinated as an adult.

(follow along & share)

#VaccinesWork

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Disclaimer:

*not a doctor, just sharing info I learned today from my own doctor + #science*

*blocking/inoculating the spread of anti-vaxxer responses bc Jenny McCarthy didn’t even play a Dr. on TV.

#VaccinesWork

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#Measles what is it?

“...highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person...can spread to others through coughing and sneezing...live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.”
cdc.gov/measles/about/…
3/
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Given that I seem to have half of antivax Twitter putting me in the crosshairs this morning, it's time for another tweetorial, this one on the antivax playbook.
In my reading on conspiracy theory, it sounds like it is very reinforcing for people who hold fringe beliefs to think that they have some knowledge that others don't. You'll see this in the condescending tone they employ.
A related tactic is the shill card - the suggestion that everyone who disagrees is part of the con. I think a lot of us who are concerned about dropping vaccination rates wish we were getting paid for advocacy.
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#Measles grand rounds this AM. Responding to an outbreak....@LBHealth #Sinai in conjunction with the Baltimore Health Department.
History: once ubiquitous and deadly disease nearly eliminated by the vaccine because #VaccinesWork but because of elimination pockets of people especially in Europe oppose vaccines.
Most US cases are imported. Most were unvaccinated- personal belief exemptions the reason.
Here is what to look for (for those of us who haven’t seen it yet):
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Excuse me. The reintroduction of measles after many years of only a couple cases each year was a set back. America had almost complete eradication of mumps, rubella & Diptheria. We eliminated polio by 99.9% in 1999, & virtually eliminated tuberculosis. These are back
3/ They carry flesh eating bacteria, Bubonic Plague (which had been eliminated 100 yrs ago in America, as well as LEPROSY.) We currently have a resurgence of TYPHUS IN LA. These #illegals disappear into our population and then place their children in our PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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1) “Measles Epidemic” SCAM

Adam Schiff $
Patty Murray $
Lamar Alexander $

#MeaslesScam

The government is using this issue to experiment with suspending the First Amendment !!!


Watch it while you can 🚨
2) Quick look at today’s “Measles Epidemic” SCAM News
#MeaslesScam
3) Patty Murray & Adam Schiff have been pushing Vaccines for a long time 2015
#MeaslesScam

c-span.org/video/?324253-…
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USA
2000: se declara territorio libre de sarampión circulante
2014: se ERRADICA el sarampión endémico
2019: en el condado de Rockland, tras 153 casos, se prohibe a los menores de 18 años no vacunados estar en espacios públicos durante los próximos 30 días
nytimes.com/2019/03/26/nyr…
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En enero de este año (2019) las autoridades ya lo avisaban. Los últimos meses de 2018 habían registrado 215 casos de sarampión entre New York y New Jersey.

Entre los dos estados acumulaban más de la mitad de los casos de sarampión ¡de todo EE.UU!
...
nytimes.com/2019/01/17/nyr…
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Al parecer, la gran mayoría de los casos se han dado entre niños no vacunados de familias judías ultra-ortodoxas.

#VaccinesWork #Vacunas
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Low vaccination rates are a #publichealth crisis, leading to outbreaks of deadly diseases like #measles. My new research in Vaccine/@ElsevierNews provides insight into the characteristics of people who post #antivax content on #Facebook: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vacc…
First, I want to credit my fantastic co-authors: @MTH_Pitt @emfelter @DrToddWo @ChadTRM @PittPubHealth. This research stemmed from thousands of #antivax comments on a video on the @kidspluspgh Facebook page: facebook.com/watch/?v=10159…
We used social network, quantitative, and qualitative analyses to examine 25% of people who left these comments. Our goal was to answer questions about who these people are, the information they post, and how they are connected.
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The Senate Health committee kicks off its hearing on vaccines, asking "What's driving preventable disease outbreaks?" Antivaxxers furious that RFK Jr's offer to testify was declined.Curious to see what lines of questioning come up #VaccinesWork #VaxHearing help.senate.gov/hearings/vacci…
Well, we made it 5 min before a mention of social media. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, uses his opening statement to decry "internet fraudsters preying on the unfounded fears of parents and creating a public health hazard." 🔥🔥 #VaxHearing
As vaccine trutherism has become increasingly politicized in very bizarre ways (far left/far right, those who strongly distrust authority), I'm happy to see a Republican senator take a strong stand in favor of accurate information & public health. Thank you Sen. @LamarAlexander.
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A group that posted anti-vaccine billboards around Toronto said they want the public to get educated about vaccines. Here are a few facts for those interested in vaccine facts:
In 1967, there were 10-15 million cases of smallpox every year. In the 20th century, it killed around 300 million people. 30% of those who got it died. Following a massive global vaccination campaign, smallpox was officially eradicated in 1979.
Vaccines are not risk free. Experts say 1-3 in every million will experience a serious adverse event. But keep this in mind: 1 in every 1,000 people who get measles will develop encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). 1 in every 3,000 with measles will die.
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This is a common claim by anti-vaccine advocates, but it's worth unpicking the actual risks and rewards behind vaccination #vaccineswork 1/
Do vaccinations carry risks?

Yes, absolutely. No medical intervention is entirely without risk

So what does that risk look like? 2/
Let's look at the MMR vaccine, because it is one of the most hotly-debated and also well-researched vaccines out there 3/
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So. Because I haven't done this in a while, here's what happened to me when I got chicken pox: A story of why you should vaccinate your kids against it. And yourself if you haven't caught it already.
Chicken pox is a pretty common illness that is usually deeply unpleasant but not super dangerous. Well apparently my immune system didn't get the message. Little history about me: I was born 10 weeks preemie, and as a result I have had shitty lungs my whole life (aka, asthma).
So because of that, I am at high risk for any infectious illness. I get bronchitis with every cold, nearly die with every flu (get yer flu shot!), and just generally have a miserable time whenever I get sick. Kid!me was no exception.
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Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Cholera
Diphtheria
Hep B
Influenza
Japanese encephalitis
Measles
Mumps
Pertussis
Pneumonia
Polio
Rabies
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus
Typhoid
Varicella
Yellow Fever
#VaccinesWork!
It’s so important to keep vaccinating our children: if we don’t, diseases that have become uncommon in many countries will return.
#VaccinesWork!
Vaccines provide better immunity than natural infections, #VaccinesWork!
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Two more measles cases confirmed in BC, says @VCHhealthcare. In one case, officials don’t know how the person caught it, meaning the virus may have been transmitted at a public place. So others may also have been exposed. A list of places where exposure may have occurred:
If you’ve been exposed to measles, there’s nothing to do except watch and wait for symptoms. If they develop, call before showing up to see your health provider so precautions can be take to avoid further transmission.
Measles is HIGHLY contagious. If you are exposed and unvaccinated, odds are you will get it, hands down. So get vaccinated. People born before 1970 or those who have had measles are likely immune. Those born between 1970-1994 likely only got one dose and may need a booster shot.
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HOO BOY I just read the "Harvard Study Proves 'Unvaccinated Children Pose No Risk'" garbage, bunk, actually-just-an-open-letter-from-an-antivax-immunologist and I am DANGEROUSLY INFURIATED.

I will NOT be linking to this article. But it is garbage. *RAGE SCREAM* #VaccinesWork
What is notable is the approach: Consistently demonstrating that vaccines are 1) effective and thereby 2) changing the landscape of commonly seen infections to prove that vaccines DON'T prevent spread of disease??

It's a baffling strategy that doesn't work.
#VaxFactsFebruary
It turns out there's a rather good Snopes article debunking a lot of the scientific claims. If you MUST read this thing (which again I wont' link to) you can find it here: snopes.com/fact-check/har…

But since I'm already riled up, here are a few points from me… #VaccinesWork
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1/ This was entirely preventable; the harm to the children is indefensible.

#VaccinesWork

nytimes.com/2019/02/06/us/…
2/ Every Washington legislator should vote for the legislation ASAP, which would at least ameliorate the problem somewhat. But the amendment is too modest.

#VaccinesWork

govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR…
3/ If politically feasible, it ought to be expanded to eliminate the indefensible "personal and philosophical" exemptions to immunizations other than MMR, and to eliminate the religious exemption for MMR, which will, if it's retained, raise serious constitutional questions.
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Week #5: #Measles & #MMR

Clear topic of the week was measles (so many convos w/ concerned parents this week!) so this week’s thread is on the MMR vaccine

#VaccinesWork #VaxFactsFebruary

@Dr_ScottK @PedsGeekMD @DrJaimeFriedman @DrPanMD

#PediatricTeachingTipsAndPearls

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Brief overview on #measles:

Highly #contagious - 90% of susceptible (i.e. non-vaccinated) persons will become ill if exposed

- Fever
- 3 C's (cough, conjunctivitis, coryza)
- #Koplik spots
- Rash (starts on face & spreads downward)

Sources for thread: @CDCgov & @WHO

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Complications from #measles:

Ear infxn (1 in 10) - can cause hearing loss
Pneumonia (1 in 20) - most common cause of death
Encephalitis (1 in 1000)
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (4-11 in 100,000)

1 in 4 will be hospitalized
1-2 in 1,000 will die

#VaxFactsFebruary

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Declarada la emergencia sanitaria en Washington por brote de sarampión.

¿Saben por qué la gente cree que la vacuna del sarampión produce autismo?

Fav y RT y les hago hilo del oscuro Dr. Wakefield 😉.
Lo prometido es deuda... ¡empecemos!
La historia de Wakefield y la vacuna del sarampión, es una verdadera historia de terror.
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Brote de Sarampión en Washington.

23 individuos no vacunados: 18 niños menores de diez años, cuatro de 11 a 18 y un adulto.

Habían desaparecido estás enfermedades, pero las estamos trayendo de nuevo.

#VaccinesWork
El sarampión no es sólo un brote:

- 1 de cada 20 niños sufre neumonía.

- 1 de cada 1000 padecerá encefalitis (inflamación del cerebro). Esto puede producir convulsiones, dejar secuelas graves o causar la muerte.

- 1-2 pacientes de cada 1000 morirá por sarampión.

#VaccinesWork
@mariantob19 Entonces a vacunarse:

La vacuna se llama MMR o triple viral, protege contra paperas, rubeola y sarampión.

Una dosis al año y refuerzos a los cinco años.

NO quiero ver niños con panencefalitis esclerosante subaguda, mucho menos por no vacunarlos.

#VaccinesWork
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