Parents concerned babies can not be vaccinated amid measles outbreak in US

The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak

An entirely preventable - and potentially deadly - disease has been confirmed in about three dozen local cases, and the number is expected to grow.

The CDC has warned that travellers should ensure they are vaccinated against measles with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). The more people start opting out, the broader the risk becomes. That movement can be traced to a fraudulent report by a British doctor that has since been discredited. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 per cent".

United States officials scrambling to contain a measles crisis in the USA are warning people to vaccinate their children, fearing it could take months to contain the outbreak due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicentre of the crisis.

We need most people in the population to be vaccinated in order to maintain our "herd immunity".

Opposition to vaccines is generally based on junk science that has been endorsed by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy who, with Oprah's help, falsely hinted that there may be something risky about the measles vaccine. If an infected person sneezes or coughs, the disease can linger in the air for hours.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients were under 10 and at least 34 patients were not immunized.

"I would hope that this ends soon, but this could go on for weeks, if not months", said Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director in Clark County, Washington, just north of Portland. "And a few days after that you get that famous rash".

"Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee stated in his proclamation that directs state agencies and departments to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas and requests additional medical resources from other states to help contain the outbreak.

The fact that measles can be easily prevented calls for action from the Legislature.

Unsurprisingly, the same people who peddled anti-science myths about vaccines causing autism, have also bolstered the idea that vaccines are a personal choice and not a public health responsibility.

A bill supported by some Democrats in the state Legislature's majority would ban all non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for children in NY.

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