Mental Floss

Measles and mumps and rubella, oh my!


First the Midwest mumps outbreak, now this: Several people here in Boston have come down with the measles and/or rubella, apparently including a member of the Christian Science Church, which is well known for its queasy stance toward MMR vaccination. Anti-vaccine hysteria has also been blamed for a huge epidemic of measles in Britain, even though by now many studies (including a new one in next month's Pediatrics) have disproven any link between vaccines and autism. And "vaccine fatigue" may also be behind the recent rise in whooping cough cases here in the States.

I'm not going to get on my science-writer/doctor's-wife soapbox, but only because if I did, I'd be here all freakin' day.