Opinion: Kafer: Lack of vaccination in United States is a travesty
Since the beginning of the year, 26 people have died of measles in the Philippines. Madagascar is also in the throes of a devastating outbreak of the disease. Meanwhile, Clark County in Washington State has confirmed 49 cases of measles. Nine other states including Colorado have also reported cases. It’s a tragedy that poor people in developing countries around the world lack access to life-saving vaccines. It’s a travesty that people in the wealthiest country in the world have access to vaccines and shun them.
Vaccines have been saving lives since Edward Jenner administered the first successful inoculation 222 years ago. Since then scientists have developed safe vaccines for major communicable diseases. Prior to the 1963 advent of the measles vaccine, millions of Americans suffered from the disease and as many as 500 Americans died each year. People suffering from the virus are susceptible to encephalitis and pneumonia, both of which can be deadly. Those who overcome encephalitis may suffer deafness, seizures or brain damage.
Source: Denver Post