This seems very valid news and perhaps somewhat ironic that they both appeared on my Shetlink News list today.
"A public health alert has been issued to hundreds of ferry passengers after it emerged a passenger was diagnosed with measles.
More than 240 passengers and crew members were at risk of catching the contagious disease.
The incident emerged when NHS Grampian contacted passengers travelling on the Northlink Ferries operated vessel – MV Hrossey – from Aberdeen to Shetland on the night of Monday October 7."
To those that don't vaccinate - well, you have no idea just how much danger you put folk..... If it had been free in the early 18th century, I bet the population of Foula would've reacted differently to save the lives of their loved ones.
"Around 90 per cent of the population of Foula in the Shetland Isles was wiped out by smallpox epidemic in the early 18th Century........The disease returned to the island in 1760 and a period of inoculation was introduced but the high fee of two or three guineas, only ten or twelve people took it up." (the cost was prohibitive).
And the message that really breaks my heart was from children's author, Roald Dahl's letter - https://www.roalddah...s/november-1962 -
"The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness. Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk. In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out."
The lies about the MMR vaccination still goes on while lives are put in unncessary danger. In this day and age, it is unforgiveable.