Anti-vaxxers are only part of the measles problem

Anti-vaxxers are only part of the measles problem

Jun 03 2019

The U.S. just broke a 25-year-long record. We now have 981 measles cases in 2019, topping 1994’s 963—and it's only June. But the bittersweet truth is that we’re unlikely to break any more contemporary records, if only because the the early ‘90s were absolutely historic for measles.

Measles had been relatively dormant since the 1970s, since the vaccine was first introduced on a mass scale in the previous decade, but it came back roaring toward the end of the millennium. In 1989, the U.S. saw 18,193 cases in a series of huge outbreaks that spilled into 1990, when there were an astonishing 17,786 cases. All told, 132 people died. The outbreaks were so severe that it prompted health officials to start mandating a second dose of the MMR vaccine. It also highlighted an ongoing problem we're not paying enough attention to: lack of access to the vaccine.

Source: The Business Journals The Business Journals