Thanks to the highly effective MMR vaccine, measles has been considered “eliminated” from the U.S. since 2000. But an uptick in cases and recent outbreaks is raising alarm.
Cleveland Clinic completely supports vaccination. Harmful myths about vaccines have been scientifically debunked in rigorous ways. Yet approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are one of this era’s greatest healthcare achievements.
Measles is not just a kid’s disease. The multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December has infected patients of all ages – from babies younger than a year to adults well into their 50s. The outbreak, which has spread to 14 states, appears to have started when unvaccinated, infected people from overseas traveled to … Read More
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune also will become infected.
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Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advances in the history of mankind. They are up there with the development of antibiotics, clean sanitation and the X-ray. Immunizations prevent sickness, disabilities and death and have eradicated some deadly diseases.
You don’t have to look far to find vaccine myths and misconceptions. With flu season upon us — and with outbreaks of dangerous yet preventable diseases on the rise — now is the perfect time to rethink these myths, and what science tells us about them. Myth No. 1: Vaccines cause autism This autism myth … Read More