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Song Parodies -> "Measles Outbreak in Liverpool"

Original Song Title:

"Long Haired Lover from Liverpool"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Jimmy Osmond

Parody Song Title:

"Measles Outbreak in Liverpool"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

This isn't funny. Really. The scare stories about the MMR vaccine run in most newspapers (but *especially* the Daily Mail) over the years have taken their toll on uptake, which is lower than it has been for decades.. so what happens? You get outbreaks of measles, as seen recently on Merseyside - some of the children infected were too young or were medically unable to have been vaccinated:- so not vaccinating your own child, however worried you may be, is not a personal choice - it has a measurable effect on the most vulnerable in society.

Anyone with even the tiniest understanding of relative risk will see that vaccination is overwhelmingly the safer route - maybe part of the problem is that as measles and other vaccine-protected diseases wane, we forget just how nasty they are.

..rant over. On with the song.
There's
..been
....a
Measles outbreak in Liverpool
'Cause people didn't want to vaccinate
There have been cases of mumps and now pertussis too
All this stupidity makes me irate

Herd immunity has fallen to a ten-year low
Public health is in a parlous state
There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
Because the people didn't vaccinate


People have been scared by media reportage
And they do not understand the risk:
Hardly anyone's hospitalized from MMR
But with measles: nearer one in six

It's no minor infection, rather like the flu
It has a one-in-three-thousand death rate
There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
Because the people didn't vaccinate


There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
Complications that are often seen
Include pneumonia, convulsions, encephalitis, too
Even miscarriages of pregnancy

Can't you see that getting measles simply ain't cool:
Fever's a more likely state
There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
Because the people didn't vaccinate
Because the people didn't vaccinate


There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
It ain't funny, but it's been a farce
With celebrities and homoeopaths selling woo
Talking out their.. MMRs

But now we sees a lot of measles 'cause they've acted like fools
We should all get our shots up to date
There's been a measles outbreak in Liverpool
Because the people didn't vaccinate

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