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A Vancouver dad caused a measles outbreak on February 26, 2019, due to not vaccinating his children among concerns that it could cause autism.

Emmanuel Bilodeau and his ex-wife decided not to give their three sons the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, due to concerns that the vaccine could potentially cause autism. Little did Emmanuel know, the action of not vaccinating his kids caused a citywide outbreak that has already had nine cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver, Canada this past month.

When interviewed by BBC, Emmanuel Bilodeau stated, “We were worried 10-12 years ago because there was a lot of debate around the MMR vaccine,” he said. “Doctors were coming out with research connecting the MMR vaccine with autism. So we were a little concerned.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided factual information that there is no evidence linking the MMR vaccine to autism. The vaccine merely works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the titular viruses. Emmanuel, not being informed at the time, decided not to give the vaccine to two of his sons- one at 12 months old and another between four to six.

Emmanuel explained, “We’re not anti-vaccination,” said Bilodeau. “We’re just very cautious parents and we just tried to do it in the manner that was the least invasive possible on the child’s health. We were hoping we could find a vaccine that was given in a separate shot so it wasn’t such a hit on the kid.”

Measles is a very serious and dangerous disease with many life-threatening complications. Measles can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death. As for rubella and mumps, these diseases can lead to miscarriage or babies born with birth defects, and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Bilodeau’s two sons began showing signs of the measles disease after Dr. Hayden, a head doctor of Vancouver Coastal Health, announced that there was an outbreak that currently had eight confirmed measles cases affecting the students, teachers, and parents of kids attending the École Jules-Verne school in Vancouver- the school where Bilodeau’s sons attend.

The hospital dealing with most of the cases that have occurred at the school, stated, “Our physicians and staff thoroughly assess each child that presents in our Emergency Department and treat them accordingly.”

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