CDC: Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines’ Effectiveness

by Rachel Baker on April 28, 2014

When looking at the numbers of measles deaths before vaccinations vs the number after and considering we pretty much eradictated the disease in this country, its amazing how completely obtuse people are when it comes to how much or how little they are actually going to commit to taking care of their own children.

If you question whether or not vaccines are right for your family, please please please, consider the article and CDC reports below. Hopefully, we won’t have to hear the reports of outbreaks and deaths in our infant and child populations before we realize maybe there’s a “greater good” reason for vaccinating that goes beyond political views.

Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 732,000 deaths, 21 million hospitalizations and 322 million illnesses among U.S. children born in the last 20 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

Despite this success, measles — a highly contagious disease — is seeing a recurrence in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported.

As of April 18, 129 people have been diagnosed with measles in outbreaks in 13 states this year. Most of the people sickened were not vaccinated, the CDC says.

Although these outbreaks start outside the country, measles infection spreads rapidly among unvaccinated people, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during an early afternoon press briefing.

“Measles is still far too common in many parts of the world,” he said. “Globally, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 122,000 die from the disease each year.”

Twenty years ago, the Vaccines for Children program was launched, providing free vaccines for families who can’t afford to pay for them.

The program was a direct response to a measles outbreak that sickened more than 50,000 people and killed more than 100. This happened despite the availability of a measles vaccine since 1963, Frieden said.

Read the Full article:
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=178118

and from the CDC:
Benefits from Immunization During the Vaccines for Children Program Era — United States, 1994–2013

Surveillance Systems to Track Progress Toward Global Polio Eradication — Worldwide, 2012–2013

Notes from the Field: Measles — California, January 1–April 18, 2014

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