Guest commentary: Vaccinations are a must to stop outbreaks, make communities safe

Guest commentary: Vaccinations are a must to stop outbreaks, make communities safe

Apr 01 2019

Today, there are outbreaks of measles in Oregon, Washington, New York, Texas and Illinois and individual cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky and New Jersey. More than 206 people had been confirmed to have the disease in 2019 alone — a threefold increase from the same period in 2010.

Believe it or not, measles was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000. Now we hear daily of families afraid to leave home with their newborn for fear of contracting the disease.

These outbreaks are a blunt reminder of how vulnerable we are in Colorado. For the 2017-18 school year, Colorado’s vaccination rate for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) ranked 49th out of 50 states, with a coverage rate of 88.7 percent for two doses of MMR, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Colorado allows for three types of exemptions (medical, religious and personal) for children to be able to attend school without immunizations.

Source: The Aspen Times The Aspen Times