Measles Has Been Officially Wiped Out Across The Americas

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Robin Andrews 28 Sep 2016, 16:40

Still, over 20 million people contract the disease every single year. Much of this is to do with the fact that reaching so many communities and ensuring everyone receives the vaccine, which has been around since the 1960s, is fairly difficult. However, a recent surge in anti-vaxxers is putting all this at risk.

It shouldn’t need to be underlined just how safe vaccines are. No, they do not cause autism. Thanks to a small number of overly conservative people on the right of the political spectrum, and a bunch of far-left irrationalists who stay away from most modern medicine, there have been fresh outbreaks across the developed world.

From January 2 to September 10 this year, 54 people across 16 states, including New York, Hawaii, Florida and Arizona, contracted measles. In 2014, the US had a record-breaking 667 cases across 27 states.

Measles had actually officially been eliminated in the US in 2000, and it turns out the majority of new cases were people who were unvaccinated. It’s likely that the new cases sprung up from infected travelers bringing the virus to the US from other nations.

It is completely irresponsible to not have yourself or your children vaccinated. Not doing so is a phenomenally reckless act that could endanger not only the people around you, but global efforts to destroy the virus once and for all.

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