IMPORTANT: Worldwide Measles Outbreak is Happening Now!

In the first 19 weeks of this year, there have been 118 cases of measles in 23 states, 40% of whom have required hospitalization. In Europe 33 countries are battling measles. France has had over 10,000 cases in the first four months of this year (source).

The past few years, the US has averaged around 56 cases per year, which means that we have already had more than twice the number of cases seen in an entire year, and it’s not even June yet.

I often remind my patients that an “uncommon” disease in the US is only a plane ride away. This current outbreak is a great example of that. Ninety percent of the cases were caused by visitors to the US who had come from places where there was an epidemic.

Please vaccinate your children against this serious disease. The whole thing about an association between the MMR vaccine and autism has been examined in numerous studios all over the world in the past decade or so, and it is NOT a cause of autism. In fact, the initial report in the Lancet in Britain which started the whole uproar was completely based on fabricated data and the author of the article has been banned from practicing medicine in Britain as a result.

If you don’t vaccinate your child, not only are you putting them at risk, but all other unimmunized or under immunized children in the community as well. The unimmunnized children are often the ones who start the outbreaks. This can be a life threatening or even fatal illness. If your child, or the child of someone else in our community were to die because your child is unimmunized, how would you feel?

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