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21 People Diagnosed With Measles After Preacher Advises Against Vaccines
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 01, 2013 @ 7:15PM
Created on September 01, 2013 @ 6:36PM

Another battle that has many people divided is the fight between science and religion. Now, a popular televangelist from Texas is under fire after members of his church came down with the measles virus possibly, because they hadn't been vaccinated.

Many people 5 News spoke with Sunday were shocked to hear about this news. Most of them thought, no matter how highly they believed in God, they couldn't believe someone would preach about not getting your proper vaccinations this day in age.

Just to bring you up to speed on all this, popular Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland is under fire after he preached getting a vaccine is an act of fear, and it's doubting god will keep your healthy.

Reportedly because of this, 21 people at the 1,500 member church contracted measles, and 16 of those did not have the vaccine.

One person 5 News talked to said at this day in age, it's almost silly not to get your required vaccinations.

"We're in the modern times now, and if the statistics are showing that vaccines are improving our health, we need to look at those," said Amy Whitehair, Clarksburg resident.

Shortly after the outbreak happened, church officials quickly acted by hosting health clinics where over 200 people got their measles shot.

One woman 5 News spoke to Sunday said one of her kids didn't take vaccines well, so she's in between.

"I have three kids. Two of them took the vaccines well, one of them didn't. I'm in between with how effective vaccines are," said Kelly Maguire, Clarksburg resident.

The CDC recommends children get their first dosage of the measles vaccine between 12 and 15 months old, and their second one between 4 and 6 years old.

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Comments (2)
Sep 05, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Listen I have seen vaccinations go wrong. Take the Gardasil one for instance think about the innocent children that has killed however I don't see anyone blasting that! I must say that everyone that decides to vaccinate or not is I believe making there own choice firstly. It just figures that anytime a preacher say's something everyone is watching to see how they can turn their words and make them accountable for what someone decides. It is just like human nature to try and make someone who walks with God look like a horrible person and try to assassinate their character... Come on people Satan is the accuser. What a ridiculous use of news article space!
Sep 03, 2013 at 5:22 PM
33% as many people WITH the vaccine still got the measles! There's some statistics for you. Go to the CDC's own website and check out the ingredients in the vaccines. I'll take my chances with a healthy immune system anyday over injecting THAT crap.
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