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Measles outbreak in Minnesota Somali community; Muslim parents refuse to vaccinate children

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 20, 2017

This article at Mic Daily makes it sound like it is all about a fear that vaccines cause autism in vaccinated children.  However not mentioned is the Islamic prohibition on the use of vaccines.

Here is the story at Mic Network Inc.  Golly gee, why can’t we get our message heard, say health officials.

Minneapolis Doctor Madlon-Kay: We aren’t making any headway in convincing them that vaccines are safe.

Minnesota’s Hennepin County is in the midst of the state’s largest measles outbreak since 2011. Nine cases have been reported since last week, and officials expect the number to rise.

So far, all of the cases are among unvaccinated children. They have something else in common too: The affected children are all part of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Somali-American community. According to a health department official, Minnesota’s Somali immigrant community has been a particular target of the anti-vaccination movement, colloquially known as “anti-vaxxers.”

“They’re very much engaged with and targeting this community,” Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease division director at the Minnesota Health Department, said in a phone call Wednesday.

According to Ehresmann, anti-vaccine groups began to target the Somali community around 2008, amid concerns about autism among Somali-American children. Anti-vaccine groups started reaching out to the Somali community and showing up at community health meetings, she said, disseminating misinformation linking autism to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

Since then, the population has seen a “steady decline in MMR vaccine rates.”


She [Dr. Diane Madlon-Kay, a practicing physician who has studied the low vaccine rates among Minnesota’s Somali community] and other doctors who serve that population have had little luck dispelling myths about autism and vaccines that travel quickly though the community via word-of-mouth, she said.

“We don’t seem to be making any headway with that at all,” Madlon-Kay said.

Despite countless studies indicating there’s no connection between vaccines and autism, Madlon-Kay doesn’t have much hope that science will change the minds of scared parents within the Somali community anytime soon.

Continue reading here.

What about Islam?

Not a word in the story about Islam and vaccines which is likely the bigger reason why health officials can’t educate the Somalis.  In only a few minutes search, here is one of many articles about “religious” prohibitions in Islam.

Islam and Medical Science Must Oppose Vaccination

The case against vaccination is first an Islamic one, based on Islamic ethos regarding the perfection of the natural human body’s immune defence system, empowered by great and prophetic guidance to avoid most infections. The case against vaccination is also a medical and health-related one. Incredible evidence, unbeknownst to most, has emerged in the West regarding the many serious health hazards that affect those who have been vaccinated.

For inquisitive minds, we have hundreds of articles about refugees and health issues (including mental health issues) in our ‘Health Issues’ category, here.  Measles is not the worst illness you will find there.

24 Responses to “Measles outbreak in Minnesota Somali community; Muslim parents refuse to vaccinate children”

  1. If you don’t have all the shots THEN NO COMING TO AMERICA!!!! They are going to and are causing horrible disease outbreaks of long gone diseases (we thought) We are endangering our country to let death and diseases that will flood our land!!! No shots no entry!!! Wake up America!! Stand up!! Fight for America!


  2. susanfordkeller said

    If you’re opposed to abortion, then you’re opposed to the MMR vaccine as it is contaminated with aborted human fetal cells. And yes, new babies are being harvested. Using human fetal cells in vaccines is not restricted to 50 year old cell lines.


  3. Personally, my concern is for the Americans these infected Somalians come into contact with. Measles are especially dangerous for adults, some of whom have died after being infected; also, infected pregnant women can miscarry, her child can have low birth rates and/or go into early labor; also, life-threatening pneumonia, inner-ear infection and brain inflammation can occur. As for the Somali children and adults who become infected, their medical care costs come out of our tax bucks, for the basic remedies for the measles symptoms. Add to that all of the serious manifestations of untreated measles in the Somali community and we can assume we’ll be picking up a bill for mega bucks. Infected Americans will be using up their expensive insurance coverages for something that could have been easily prevented, namely, these Third World primitives should have not been here in the first place.


  4. magdears said

    Absolutely Eddie Herbert!
    Our country,our rules. How the country received them as refugees and refuse to accept our rules. No our way, get away!


  5. One third of the ones they originally sent over her have TB. What are they going to do about that and where did they go?

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  6. carnan43 said

    Ann, unless you spend some time researching vaccinations I would suggest you not call any opposition myths. There is a history associated not only with combinations, the makeup and the age when they are given. The number of vaccinations has literally exploded in the last 25 years and as I understand it the industry has upwards to 140 more on the drawing boards. When one looks at the developed, first nation, records of health including mortality of infants the US reflects very poorly. One need only look at Japan as well as many other Countries in Europe and Scandinavia to seriously be concerned with the US attitude towards vaccinations. To discount greed as a driver in our health care is at best naive. After 74 years on this planet, I am convinced that the number of people who would sell their soul to the devil for a bonus, or pay increase or future promotion is too great to ignore. California just passed a mandatory vaccination law and one of the State Representatives received 95K for pushing it through. My understanding he was a Doctor. There is apparently a bonus Doctor’s receive for giving the CDC schedule. As I understand it the CDC as well is part of the money stream. If any myth exists it is believing that the majority of individuals care about their neighbors.

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    • domstudent11 said

      Some of these childhood diseases are much worse than the vaccinations. I remember my mother telling me about children inflicted with whooping cough who had to hold onto tree trunks to keep from falling down during their coughing attacks. Don’t forget the children infected with polio in the 1950’s – 1960’s, I’m sure they would have preferred to “risk” the vaccine. In the 1950’s, some of us “oldsters” contracted ALL the childhood diseases (chicken pox, mumps, measles) which required a parent to stay home with the infected child. Do you really think most working parents can take 3 weeks off work every time one of their kids contracts a “childhood disease”? And that’s just for one child. Multiply that by several children and one parent could be home for months. There is no scientific proof linking autism with vaccinations. You know that. When parents don’t vaccinate their kids for whatever reason, they place ALL children at risk. My own granddaughter contracted whooping cough DESPITE being vaccinated (although she had a milder case, thank goodness). Her school, unfortunately, has a high number of both illegal immigrants and some refugees. Sorry. I don’t buy your argument. Childhood diseases are not fun, for those of us who have actually experienced them nor for our parents.


      • susanfordkeller said

        Autism is associated with vaccines.

        “Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism”

        “A positive association found between autism prevalence and childhood vaccination uptake across the U.S. population.”

        Vaccines are associated with other negative outcomes as well.

        “There is a robust, worldwide body of published science from highly esteemed scientists questioning the safety of many different aspects of vaccines-how come we never hear from them? The majority of the most compelling science has been published since 2010. Below find 50 such studies to consider, sorted chronologically, and note that these studies only represent a portion of the published work implicating vaccinations in a wide variety of negative health outcomes.”

        Vaccine injury occurs across all ages. For instance, this woman was brain damaged from vaccines. She has encephalopathy, the same diagnosis that is given to children with autism.


      • susanfordkeller said

        A significant factor for pharmaceutical companies to deny the vaccine/autism connection is money.

        “Lifetime Costs – Discounted lifetime costs for someone with an ASD without ID [Intellectual Disability] were £0.92 million (US $1.36 million) in the United Kingdom and $1.43 million in the United States. Discounted lifetime costs for someone with an ASD and ID were £1.5 million (US $2.20 million) in the United Kingdom and $2.44 million in the United States.”

        Currently, pharmaceuticals enjoy total immunity from liability for vaccine injury and deaths for all vaccines on the CDC recommended childhood schedule of vaccines. They do not face any risk of lawsuits or settlements. The cost of care for vaccine injured individuals with autism would bankrupt the global pharmaceutical industry. When state governments and our federal government face this mounting bill, we may finally see pharmaceutical companies have to take responsibility for product safety.


  7. Phyllis Mason said

    I don’t blame them. I don’t think vaccines are safe at all.

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    • domstudent11 said

      Nor are childhood diseases! Take whooping cough (pertussis), for example. Pregnant women with pertussis can transmit it to their babies, who are then at risk for complications and even death. How would pregnant women contract pertussis? From un-vaccinated children of course! Vaccinations do not provide lifelong immunity, but when MOST of the population is vaccinated, the risks are small. When parents for whatever misguided notion choose not to vaccinate their kids, the incidence of childhood diseases increases throughout the entire population, exposing the “most vulnerable” (pregnant women, newborns, the elderly) to risk.


      • susanfordkeller said

        Your ancestors all survived all of these diseases or you wouldn’t be here. Good health cannot be purchased in a syringe. Good health stems from good nutrition, good hygiene, clean water, and appropriate sewerage systems. Mortality rates from childhood diseases are now lumped together globally. A child in a third world country with malnutrition and malaria will probably die from measles. A healthy child in the western world is unlikely to die from measles.


        • Ann Corcoran said

          I did not mean for this simple report about Measles in Somalis to turn RRW in to a vaccination debate site.


          • susanfordkeller said

            I understand, Ann. I hope you understand why vaccines must always be a choice, and not a mandate.


      • susanfordkeller said

        Pertussis can be spread by people who have recently been vaccinated. The concept of “cocooning” or insisting that everyone around a newborn be vaccinated or re-vaccinated for pertussis does more harm than good.


  8. krew09 said

    CDC admits natural immunity to measles before 1957
    There is this wonderful thing called an IMMUNE SYSTEM.. measles was not a big deal

    CDC researcher,scientist whistleblows,admits Autism caused by VACCINES

    CDC admits vaccines spread disease

    OHIO Mumps outbreak in %97 vaccinated


    Here the CDC who makes billions on vaccines is forced to admit the vaccinated spread disease..
    Perhaps you don’t recognize propaganda when you see it,but you should stick to refugee resettlement ,which you do good work. Your understanding of vaccines is very limited..

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      One of the great things about being a blogger with my own blog and no boss is that I can express my opinion and you can disagree with it!

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      • I agree it is great to disagree but since your work is so important to me I very much want you to maintain credibility with the audiences who will hear you.

        The writer of this article is blatantly inaccurate. Dr. Wakefield was an academic Gastroenterologist working in a London university. His original run-in with the medical political leaders had nothing to do with autism. This information is readily available online as well as other facts this author miss-stated. Because the writer of this article got things that are so well known by both Dr. Wakefield’s proponents and detractors so vehemently wrong, I have serious doubts that other things she has stated are true.

        Please pull up a YouTube of Vaxxed. Watch it for our sake and for the integrity of your blog because this vaccine thing will keep coming up. You still don’t have to agree and vaccination does not have to be your bailiwick. We need you to do what you do. Knowledge is power. In this case, knowledge about another subject on which the liberal media and government are in cahoots. The fact that those two factions have paired up on any subject to silence all other voices should make us all take notice.

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    • domstudent11 said

      You are wrong, Krewog. Measles was HUGE deal! I had them as a kid in the 1950’s, along with my two sisters. For a couple of years, my mother (who fortunately did not work) spent most of her time caring for 3 kids who cycled through all the childhood diseases, one after the other. Had she been working, she would have had to take MONTHS off of work. Have you yourself had measles? It’s a nightmare…itching pustules that you’re not supposed to scratch. Have you ever had mumps? You can’t swallow a thing because your throat hurts so much and your glands are so swollen you look like you have a goiter. Have you ever seen a kid with polio? There was one in my high school class. Her legs were atrophied. Yes, we should just let all kids get those awful diseases again. I hope you have lots of sick leave accrued because you will need it to stay home with your kids.


  9. what I think is scary is these muzzies are not agreeable to TB vaccinations either……remember the days of old and the horrible TB hospitals?
    this is where extreme vetting comes into play with emphasis on extreme….send them all to Hawaii…or the Johnston Islands

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    • Adele Just said

      In recent history of the last two-to-three centuries where death records may be found, many thousands of people died of “consumption” as tuberculosis was then called. My own Norwegian-born grandfather of North Dakota spent a year in a Colorado sanitarium for tuberculosis in the period before World War One. He died only a few years later.


  10. sootysmum said

    Especially against the polio vaccine as it was developed by a Jew. In Pakistan they murdered women going around with the vaccine so I cannot imagine that these superstitious Muslims living in a time warp of 1400 odd years ago will be any different. If they want their children to suffer blindness and brain damage then who are we to stop them? I’m sorry for the children but unless we can integrate these people then there is nothing that can be done.

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