Anti-vaxers blamed for astonishing rise of Measles in 2018

Spencer Underwood
March 3, 2019

Nationally, the United States has high measles vaccination coverage.

Women who have not received the MMR vaccine are particularly vulnerable during pregnancy. "They are best protected by vaccinating those around them who can be".

It reiterates that, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five measles outbreaks have been reported in the US in 2019; three in NY, one in Washington and one in Texas. Fauci responded that children with vitamin A deficiency who get measles "have a much more hard course, so vitamin A [supplements] can actually protect you from some of the toxic and adverse effects", but that doesn't apply in developed countries where such deficiencies are rare.

A fourth measles case has been confirmed in Canterbury - a young woman who, like two of the other three confirmed cases, has connections with Rangiora.

"Approximately 90% of children under 13 years old are fully immunised with two doses of MMR vaccine".

The disease's resurgence is giving a platform to anti-vaccination advocates and a discredited doctor's now-debunked study suggesting vaccinations cause autism.

"More serious side effects are rare". "If you or your child begins to have symptoms, seek medical care right away", says Dr. Murphy.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Nancy Messonnier believe a spread of misinformation among those pockets of people against vaccinating is the culprit. "We're talking about a real example of what happens if no one vaccinates their kids". Ten countries account for more than 74 percent of the total increase, and the disease has reemerged in several nations that had previously been declared measles-free.


Cate Ernest, a sophomore biology major, is in favor of mandatory vaccination because they "cause development in immunity to prevent diseases in individuals, as well as others".

To achieve this for measles, the population immune needs to be 93% to 95%.

Health officials worldwide have expressed concerns about the "anti-vax" movement spreading on social media and elsewhere that has raised fears in some adults that vaccinations can be harmful.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease.

Vaccination mandates for attending public schools are determined at the state level, but the Food and Drug Administration recently said it may be forced to step in if states fail to curb growing outbreaks. "The sad thing is, this is a completely solvable problem, because we have a safe and very effective vaccine".

He explained that measles is a highly contagious illness. The virus spreads through coughing and sneezing and can live in the air for up to two hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles, which was once considered wiped out in the United States thanks to vaccination efforts, is now making a comeback, especially in states with lax vaccination laws.

While it's rare in the US, 1 or 2 of every 1,000 children who get measles dies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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