'They have to get the shots'

Grant Boone
April 27, 2019

Vaccination rates have dropped steadily in the USA with many parents objecting for philosophical or religious reasons, or because they believe discredited information that vaccines cause autism in children. The confirmation does not appear to be related to the measles incidents occurring in the state.

Officials say they have recorded 695 measles cases this year, the highest number since the disease was declared eliminated nearly two decades ago.

President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to get vaccinated against measles as an outbreak spread across the country, reaching the highest number of cases since 2000. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. California had reported 38 measles cases as of Thursday.

This stance is a surprising reversal, given that Trump has spent years promoting conspiracy theories that vaccines cause autism and questioning the safety of the pediatric vaccine schedule.

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There are some 700 confirmed cases in almost two-dozen states, including Georgia.

The New York outbreak has been traced to Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn visiting Israel, then spreading the highly infectious disease through synagogues, schools and apartment blocks to children whose parents had not had them inoculated.

Health officials say anyone who was at those locations between those times and has not received the measles vaccination is at risk. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours.

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