The state of Minnesota is still struggling with an outbreak of the measles as of late, with 48 cases that have been reported. Health officials are encouraging those who are not vaccinated to get the shot, as these cases of measles are affecting a majority of Somali-American youngsters who have not yet been vaccinated.
Of these 48 cases, 46 are kids 10 years of age or younger, with 45 that have not been vaccinated. In addition, 41 of the cases affect Somali-Americans.
This outbreak marks the largest seen within twenty years, and it seems to have stemmed from the Somali community, where worries around vaccinations run ramped.
Kristen Ehresmann, Minnesota Department of Health recently stated that the outbreak does not have to do with being Somali, rather more to do with being unvaccinated. Unfortunately, the community in Minnesota has increasing concerns of a link to autism with the vaccination.
Meanwhile, research has revealed that there is no link to vaccinations and this condition, as well as minimal and rare side effects.
As Ehresmann stated, in the past, states would potentially get one or two measles cases annually … yet the recent numbers show as high as 48. She goes on to note, the outbreak is unnecessary as there is a shot out there to prevent the illness.
The resistance around vaccinations within the Somali-Americans in Minnesota popped up in 2008. At this point in time, parents began to see a number of children within this community require the need for autistic special education services within Minneapolis. According to Ehresmann, anti-vacc groups began focusing on this community, as such.
According to Michael Osterholm, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, from 2000 to about 2008, this community had high vaccination rates. Sadly, parents went looking for answers around the reason behind why Somali kids were being diagnosed with this condition and came across Andrew Wakefield’s discredited research linking autism to shots.
CNN reported that with increased research not connecting vaccinations to autism, here’s hoping all those who are not vaccinated, get the shot. In the long run, the health benefits of avoiding this type of illness just simply make sense.