Get Your Shots, NOT The Measles

First it was the bird flu, then Ebola, and this year the measles. The initial outbreak took place in the happiest place on earth—Disneyland and has quickly spread from California, New York, to other parts of the world. This has been the biggest outbreak in decades, about 20,000 cases reported so far, including 50 deaths.

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The CDC recommends that all children receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, the first at 12-15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age. Most schools do not admit children without the vaccine in order to prevent the disease spreading to other children. Yet, so many young children and adults aren’t vaccinated.

Why Are People So Afraid of Vaccines?

If you could get a vaccine that could prevent a contagious disease or possibly death, why wouldn’t you? The MMR vaccine can protect you against the measles, mumps, and rubella and while there have been reports of this vaccine causing autism in children, that’s false. In the U.S., vaccinations are state laws, not federal. Most schools require a physical and immunizations prior to the first day of school for children entering pre-school and kindergarten in order to prevent disease from spreading to large groups of people.