This year the state of California has seen a tenfold increase of the measles outbreak compared to last year. Public health officials say that 19 of the 32 cases were not vaccinated against the respiratory disease, and a surprising 14 were not vaccinated intentionally. It’s science: the doctors are not lying to patients when they advise getting vaccinated.
California only saw a mere 3 outbreaks this time last year. Officials at the California Department of Public Heath (CDPH) have advised parents to vaccinate their children in order to hinder contracting the disease.
CDPH has stated that it only takes two vaccinations for a person to become immune to the measles, but the state of California gives parents the option to vaccinate their children by just filling out a personal belief exemption form. Although measles has been eliminated from the US in 2000, cases still arise, typically from people who travel to foreign countries where it is still common, such as the Philippines, India, or Vietnam.
Last month, officials identified the first seven measles cases in people who had not been vaccinated intentionally. CDPH spokeswoman Kathleen Harriman said that these patients were between the ages of 7 and 32:
[box type=”shadow”]“They were all minors other than two young adults, and the young adults, it was their parents’ decision, obviously, not to have them vaccinated when they were children.”[/box]