These Measles Outbreaks Show Why Vaccine Are Good.
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Vaccines Are Beneficial And These Recent Measle Outbreaks Prove It

Vaccinations not only protect yourself, they protect the country.

Vaccines Are Beneficial And These Recent Measle Outbreaks Prove It

To our surprise, measles—a disease that we thought was largely eliminated—is back on the rise, and rather quickly too. According to U.S. health officials, there are currently 704 total reported cases of measles in 22 states this year. This is the highest number of reported cases since 1994, which was 958 cases in 39 states. This number is also the most cases in a year since the disease was announced as eliminated in 2000.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), during the week of April 26th, 33 more cases of measles have been reported, all of them coming from New York and California. In fact, much of the cases have been from those two states, with the outbreaks mainly centered in New York.

In California, Quarantines were put on UCLA and Cal State. People were told to stay at home, so they don't contract the harmful disease.

The Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, issued a statement saying, "The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country,"

This is a very alarming occurrence and should make us wary of the places we go and the things we do. Hearing stories of new or old diseases coming to America are always unsettling. The news of Zika and Ebola cases in our country were very nerve-wracking. If you are vaccinated, however, you do not need to be too worried about getting measles.

So why are measles coming back to the United States? One recent story of measles may contain the answer. A family in California noticed something odd about their new baby son. Walter Blum, who is five months old, spiked a fever of 102.5. This high fever was accompanied with a rash covering his whole body. The baby's mother, Sara Blum, said, "It was all over his face. All over the back of his neck." The baby had contracted measles.

Babies at that age cannot be vaccinated for measles, so one of the ways to avoid the disease is depending on the community to be vaccinated. But of course, that wasn't the case for Walter. His mother justifiably noted that "it's really sad, but our community kind of failed us." She isn't wrong. All babies depend on the people around to be vaccinated so they don't contract a disease that could be permanently damaging.

So is the reason for the 13 measle outbreaks this year lack of vaccination? Well, according to the CDC, the answer is yes. One of the causes for a measles outbreak, the CDC contends, is "communities with pockets" of unvaccinated people. Given that measles is highly contagious and transmitted through the air, it spreads like wildfire in these communities.

These outbreaks are why it is the safe and smart thing to get vaccinated. Not only will it ensure that you will remain well, but it will also ensure that everyone else will be guarded against sickness. The more people vaccinated, the more likely there will be a pool of wellness shielding infants who aren't old enough to be vaccinated yet.

This is the reason why anti-vaccination can be harmful. Anti-vaxxers argue that vaccines are at fault for giving children autism. However, the CDC disagrees. Through the studies they have done, they argue there has been no established research connecting a link between vaccines and autism. Not giving children vaccines could do them more harm than good.

On the other hand, there are people who cannot receive vaccines because they are allergic to them. This is a legitimate reason to refuse vaccination. Why would you get something that causes an adverse allergic reaction? Consequently, the fact that some people are allergic to vaccines should give us more motivation and justification for those of us who aren't allergic to get vaccinated. Therefore, there will be a pool of wellness that safeguards the people who are physically unable to be vaccinated.

As these measle outbreaks illustrate, one of the most beneficial actions to take is vaccination. Not only does it protect yourself, but it also protects the people around you and, ultimately, the country. If we participate in vaccinations, we can prevent future outbreaks.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
brown leopard on top of grey rock

With its stunning natural beauty, diverse culture, and exciting cities, South Africa is a must-visit destination for any traveller. Great News… it's more affordable than you might think. With the current USD to Rand exchange rate, it's possible for 2 people to travel around this beautiful country for under $1200. But to do so, you'll need some insider knowledge and tips from local students and travel enthusiasts. In this blog, we'll share some of the best hacks to help you explore South Africa on a shoestring budget. From wildlife spotting to city adventures, we've got you covered. So grab your backpack and let's get started!


Exploring South Africa will be an adventure, but let's not ignore the fact that you’ll be a tourist and some areas are not considered safe. Don’t worry, I’ve only included the tourist-friendly spots.

Keep Reading...Show less
A Thank You Letter To My Dance Teachers

Here's to the women that encouraged, disciplined, and loved on me! If it wasn't for you all coaching me through out dance and throughout my life, I think I would probably be on the crazy train to what the good-golly-gee-wiz am I doing with my life?

Keep Reading...Show less

Dating A 'Type-A' Girl

It is all worth it in the end.

Dating A 'Type-A' Girl

You have probably been asked before if you were a Type-A or Type-B personality. People who are considered to be "Type A" tend to be impatient, competitive and ambitious. They know exactly what they want to do and when they want to do it. Then there are people who are considered "Type B." People with Type-B personality are just all around more relaxed. There isn't much that is going to stress them out.

Keep Reading...Show less

This is Keanu Reeves - The One

Sandra Bullock shares her experience of Reeves and how the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others.

This is Keanu Reeves - The One

Keanu Reeves is known not only for his iconic roles in films like "The Matrix" and "John Wick," but also for his kind-hearted and humble nature, which is somewhat rare in Hollywood. He's also known for his philanthropic work, although he rarely talks about it. He runs a private foundation that funds children's hospitals and cancer research. Recently, Sandra Bullock told us just how he is an amazing human being:

Keep Reading...Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Read about the hottest summer topics!

Person Reading On The Beach During The Summer

Happy Memorial Day weekend from Odyssey! Here are the top 3 response articles of last week for your beach reading:

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments