Measles are Spreading; Protect Your Family!

Unfortunately, thanks to false information spread by the anti-vaccination movement, many parents across the United States have chosen not to provide their children with the protections they need against vaccine-preventable diseases such as the measles.

Although these parents feel not vaccinating is a personal parenting choice, it is a medical decision that has a greater impact outside of their immediate family. As we have explained in the past, herd immunity only works when a majority of the population is vaccinated and diseases like the measles are unable to spread. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you could be contributing to a growing illness that can be fatal.

Think this is an overreaction? The US is currently experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak, all traced back to Disneyland — and the metro area has the potential for the measles to spread since our vaccination rate falls below the national standard.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s measles outbreak.

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The Measles Vaccine: Why it’s Still Important

Measles seems like a disease of the past but in the last seven years, there has been an average of 226 cases per year. Even though the CDC declared measles to be eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, sporadic cases still appear because infected people bring it to the United States and infect unvaccinated citizens. Continue reading “The Measles Vaccine: Why it’s Still Important” »