Vaccinations: Your Choice, Others’ Children
In 2000, the U.S. declared that it had eliminated measles within its borders. On January 15, 2019, an adult who had traveled overseas went to a few retail outlets and an urgent care in Stapleton before being diagnosed with measles and hospitalized. “We got lucky,” says Dr. Sean O’Leary, a Stapleton parent and pediatric infectious disease and vaccine specialist with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital, and also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The Public Health Department tracked down everywhere this person went and who they came into contact with, and there were no secondary cases in this instance.”
Elsewhere in the U.S., hundreds of measles cases have found their way into ERs this year, part of a growing number of vaccine-preventable diseases on the rise. A thoroughly debunked study combined with alarmist social media have created fears of vaccines in some parents’ minds. A longitudinal study of over 600,000 children, however, just last month affirmed—again—that there is no link between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.
Source: Stapleton Front Porch