The need to be vaccinated against the measles virus has been in the news for weeks. It is hard to believe we are having this discussion in 2015; if I did not know better, I would think that the USA was a third world country; believe it or not the measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 which means, the virus is usually brought into the USA by international travelers and we only had sporadic outbreaks; now we are dealing with a resurgence of the disease in the United States primarily because of the lack of vaccination. I am obviously in the “get vaccinated” camp. As you are probably aware, the measles outbreak has been linked to Disneyland in California in mid-December 2014 and the outbreak has now been reported in 14 States. Besides California, Arizona is the next hardest hit State.
I do understand some parents are of the opinion that vaccines cause Autism. However, to date “many studies that have looked at whether there is a relationship between vaccines and the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to date, the studies continue to show that vaccines are not associated with ASD”. Please review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website http://alturl.com/t2fm7 . I have also heard from parents that the vaccine has peanut oil and my child is highly allergic. Please note, that vaccines do not contain either corn or peanut oils. Additionally, you can view vaccine ingredients via the CDC website http://alturl.com/bik68
There is a relatively small group of parents in a big country who have decided not to vaccinate their children however, their decision not to vaccinate their children can have a profound impact on public health. Interesting information,” Most parents who do not vaccinate do believe vaccines are necessary to protect the health of their children but also believe their children could suffer from the vaccines themselves”.
Approximately 25 states allow philosophical exemptions or religious exemption. Of course, because of health complications, some children should not be vaccinated and it is because of these children why vaccination is so important. In 2013-2014 in the entire US there were approximately 1000 medical exemptions but over 17,000 philosophical exemptions. Mississippi and West Virginia do not allow religious or philosophical exemptions, and they reported only about 50 medical exemptions.
The measles disease is extremely contagious for the following reasons:
- “An infected person can spread it four days before developing a rash.
- 90% of people who are not immune and are close to someone with measles will also get infected.
- The virus is airborne.
- It can also live on infected surfaces for up to two hours”.
As I stated previously , I am in favor of immunization coverage in the United States and I hope that many parents who are not in favor of having their children being vaccinated will change their mind.