With the most recent measles outbreak infecting almost 100 people over the last month, the Center for Disease Control is increasing pressure on parents to get their kids immunized against the deadly virus. Dave Morin stated investigators believed they have traced the outbreak to Disneyland in California where a large number of patients all visited in the previous month. Because the virus is spread through the air it was caught very easily and then carried back to their home states and has spread even more.
The measles vaccine is usually administered with the vaccines for mumps and rubella commonly called the MMR vaccine. However many parents still believe the debunked research linking compounded vaccines like these to autism in children. In addition to these fears there are those who point out that the vaccine is only 97% effective in the prevention of measles. Meaning even after getting the vaccinated there is still a chance you can still get the virus. Then there is the Academy of American Pediatricians who recommends its Doctors promote the use of vaccines and reiterate their importance in the prevention but at the same time respect parents’ wishes to not vaccinate their children.