Chickenpox in the US: cause anti-vaccine

Chickenpox in the US: cause anti-vaccine

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Chickenpox is considered an almost defeated disease in the United States. But now several dozen children fell ill at a private school in North Carolina - the biggest outbreak in that state in decades.

Almost a quarter of the students

Almost a quarter of the students at Asheville Waldorf School in Asheville, N.C. sick, the infected are between four and eleven years old. The first showed symptoms in mid-September.

Religious anti-vaccine

The onset of the disease is no accident. The Waldorf School is in the tradition of the anthroposophist Steiner, and these esotericists reject vaccinations for religious reasons.

Exception for vaccinations

The 152 children at school are largely excluded from vaccination for religious reasons.

Risk of spread

The disease is likely to spread further because there are many more students in school who do not have their parents vaccinated because of their worldview. Now there is a risk that chickenpox will spread throughout the city.

Vaccine opponents - a risk of disease

On the one hand, the USA is at the forefront worldwide in combating diseases such as chickenpox and measles through systematic vaccination programs; on the other hand, the opponents of vaccination are also strong here. However, the more people do not have their children vaccinated, the more infectious diseases can spread.

The problem of religion

Vaccination opponents roam the religious milieus in America. This includes fundamentalist Christians, but also anthroposophists who deny scientific facts and believe that illnesses have spiritual causes.

Illness as knowledge?

The followers of anthroposophy believe that illnesses generally arise from negative karma that must be removed. Vaccinations would make you Cognitive process To block.


Vaccine opponents assume that scientists hide the supposed side effects of vaccines, they make vaccinations responsible for (often supposed) diseases that occur immediately after the vaccinations, and they presume that doctors deliberately want to "poison" people.

UFO believers and climate skeptics

On the one hand, opponents of vaccination overlap with fundamentalist religions, but on the other hand with the milieu of conspiracy ideologists, which also claims that the CIA is hiding the existence of UFOs or that there is no global warming.

Fact resistant

Opponents of vaccination in the United States and elsewhere are fact-resistant. If doctors show their argumentative wrong conclusions, they see themselves as "lone warriors against the pharmaceutical mafia". Physicians and health politicians accuse the conspiracy ideologists of wanting to vaccinate the population so that the pharmaceutical industry can make a profit.

A droplet infection

Chickenpox is transmitted by droplets, the causative agent is the varicella zoster virus. Children are mostly affected, whoever has had the disease is immune for a lifetime.

Fever and rash

The symptoms are a typical itchy rash with clear blisters and fever. Possible complications are brain and lung infections as well as bacterial super infections.


Vaccination has been generally recommended in Germany since 2004. A multiple vaccine against the four classic childhood diseases of chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella has been available since 2006.

RisksChickenpox is usually harmless in children, but not in adults. In pregnant women, an illness can cause the child to become deaf, dumb, or deaf and dumb. Child brain damage is also possible.Beneficiaries

On the one hand, those who refused to vaccinate not only endanger themselves, but also other people, and on the other hand, they benefit from vaccinations through group immunity. The more people who are vaccinated, the lower the risk for those who are vaccinated to become infected.

Why vaccinations?

Vaccinations are by far the most successful method of medicine in human history. Vaccination against epidemics saved the lives of millions of people. For example, around 50 million people died of smallpox every year in the mid-20th century. In the 1980s, smallpox was completely eradicated - through vaccinations. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

Author and source information

Video: June 2017 ACIP Meeting - Herpes Zoster ; Varicella; Anthrax Vaccine Workgroup; Vaccine supply (May 2022).