The largest U.S. outbreak of measles to occur in 15 years — affecting 214 children so far — is likely driven by travelers returning from abroad and by too many unvaccinated U.S. children, according to new research.
The finding could highlight the dangers of a trend among some U.S. parents to skip the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for their children, out of what many experts call misguided fears over its safety.
Credit: The Consumerist
Measles is deadly. The Consumerist notes:
The number of annual cases in recent years was usually lower than 70, but this year has seen a marked increase. The infection is hitting Quebec, Canada even harder, spreading to 757 patients as of earlier this month.
It’s past time for parents to stop thinking of just themselves and start accepting some responsibility for the community of children as a whole. And, time for anti-vaccine nonsense to be rubbed out.