Thanks to anti-vaxxers number of measles cases in US breaking recordsChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 30, 2019
CDC is reporting 971 cases of measles in the United States thus far in 2019.
America The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents
CDC continues to work with affected state and local health departments to get ongoing outbreaks under control.
“Measles is preventable and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated.
“Again, I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism.
“The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.
“Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family’s health and your community’s well-being.
“CDC will continue working with public health responders across our nation to bring this outbreak to an end.”
Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, New York have continued for nearly 7 months.
If these outbreaks continue through summer and fall, the United States may lose its measles elimination status.
That loss would be a huge blow for the nation and erase the hard work done by all levels of public health.
The measles elimination goal, first announced in 1963 and accomplished in 2000, was a monumental task.
Before widespread use of the measles vaccine, an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States, along with an estimated 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations. ■