Influenza, meningitis, whooping cough, measles. These are just a few illnesses that can be prevented, if we vaccinate ourselves and our children against them.
For instance, each year, on average, about 60 people in the United States are reported to have measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, this year, experts are already seeing twice as many cases.
That could be in part because some are refusing to vaccinate their children believing that the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine causes autism.
Measles can be fatal, especially in children. And before the vaccine was introduced in 1971, an average of 450 to 500 people died each year in the U.S. from measles. There are no legitimate studies that show the MMR vaccine is linked to autism. But, still many children go unvaccinated.
It is also well known that living in close quarter dorm settings tends to cause deadly bacterial meningitis to spread. That’s why many colleges and universities require students be vaccinated before they enter school. Yet, this year, places like Princeton and University of California Santa Barbara have seen outbreaks.
The CDC stresses that all children, beginning at age 11 or 12 get vaccinated against meningitis and then follow it up with a booster several years later.
By: Carl Azuz