With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.
The CDC’s Dr. Melinda Wharton says Missouri is one of 13 states to have a measles vaccination rate below 90 percent.
Throughout the years, epidemics and plagues have shaken up societies and cultures around the world.
Serious side effects from vaccines are rare and there’s no evidence they lead to autism, according to a new study.
The Centers for Disease Control says nearly 200 cases of the measles have been reported in 17 states this year, including Missouri.
Missouri is above the national average for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine as well as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccines.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show there are more cases of measles this year in the United States than any other year since 1996.
“It is really important, as parents, if you have fears for your kid’s safety, for those fears to be rational,” SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says.
About 90 percent of the cases this year were un-vaccinated.
Outbreaks have been reported in Minnesota, Utah, Pennsylvania and Florida.