According to the Washington Post, more than 700 people have been sickened in 2019 by measles. The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) calls it a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. In 2000, the US declared it eliminated. More than 500 of the people infected in 22 states were not vaccinated. 66 have been hospitalized. 1/3 of all the cases are children under 5 years of age. President Donald Trump says : go get your shots !
Alex Azar from the Health Department in the US writes : “we have come a long way in fighting infectious deseases in America, but we risk backsliding and seeing our families, neighbors and communities needlessly suffer from preventable diseases.” Measles is not a harmless illness but one with deadly consequences that most people, even doctors, have never seen because it was eliminated in 2000. “Vaccine-preventable diseases belong in the history books, not in our emergency rooms. The suffering we are seeing today in completely avoidable. Vaccines are safe because they are among the most-studied medical products we have” Azar said.
There are no treatments and no cures for measles. CDC officials blamed misinformation for low vaccination rates in some communities. The dangers of measles include : pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), hospitalization and death. It can cause damage to the unborn children of expectant mothers.