Measles Outbreak

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Lately, in the news, there has been talk about a measles outbreak that is spreading across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “From January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.” The article published by the CDC also says that the majority of the reasons for the increase in measles are due to anti-vaccination.

Some citizens do not vaccinate because of religious reasons which may be the only valid reason for not being vaccinated. Religions such as Orthodox Jews; the Church of Christ, Scientist; Dutch Reformed Congregations; Faith Tabernacle; Church of the First Born; Faith Assembly; and End Time Ministire. Besides religion, there is absolutely no reason why people should not get vaccinated. Vaccines do not cause autism and do not get people sick. The MMR vaccine only prevents and builds up a defense towards measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccinations are a gift and a privilege and should be treated as such. Children die every day by diseases that were preventable by a vaccine, and when people do not take them, it is disrespecting the people that have died because they could not gain access to them.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine. Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.”It is characterized as fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, tiny white spots, and skin rashes made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another. The ten to fourteen days of infection the victim does not see any symptoms at all. The communicable period of measles is eight days starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days. It is one of the most common diseases because of its ease of adaptability which makes harder to keep vaccines up to date. Measles used to kill thousands before vaccines and with the recent anti-vaccination movement, the measles virus has become more active and has infected more people. Hopefully, more parents will opt into vaccinations so preventable diseases will not infect their children like measles.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html

https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/immunizations-and-religion

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/symptoms-causes/syc-20374857

 

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