The CDC is reporting more measles cases in the United States. This year’s sudden increase in infections highlights the importance of vaccinations.
Local doctors say that the measles vaccination is completely safe for you and your family.
The CDC blames the current measles outbreak on more parents not getting their children vaccinated, and travelers bringing the disease back from foreign countries.
The measles, which can be deadly, was almost completely eradicated back in 2000. Doctors say the science is clear: the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism.
Some local parents think parents should be required by law to vaccinate their children.
“I think it should be mandated by law just like you cannot sell cigarettes to minors, you can’t keep children away,” said Zakaria Blauone of Agawam.
About 20 years ago a medical journal in the United Kingdom posted an article linking vaccinations to autism. That study has since been debunked.
Dr. Ira Helfand of the Family Care Medical Center told 22News, “The study was found to be fraudulent, the data was faked. The authors of the study have retraced it and apologized and, unfortunately, as the way with urban legends, this fear has continues to live on.”
Dr. Helfand also said the measles vaccine does contain the live measles virus but will not infect the recipient with the disease.
It works like any other vaccine: it triggers an immune response. It causes the patient’s body to develop antibodies to fight the disease off if they are exposed to it.
Doctors recommend getting children vaccinated within in their first year.