The measles outbreak in the United States has stirred up a lot of controversy, when an unvaccinated woman who visited Disneyland from December 15th to the 20th, spread the highly contagious virus through airports and the theme park. This incident has sparked a huge debate across the country regarding the need for vaccinations. So much so, that President Barack Obama recently chimed in.
In an interview that aired on NBC News, Obama encourages U.S. parents to get their children vaccinated, as he believes contracting the virus and further outbreak, are avoidable.
“We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not,” Obama says, “You should get your kids vaccinated.”
Obama feels that those who aren’t vaccinated, and can potentially contract and spread the disease, essentially put those who simply cannot get vaccinated at risk: such as infants, and people with certain health problems.
While no deaths have been linked to the current measles outbreak, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 102 cases have been reported from the following States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Of these cases, 58 have been linked to the Disneyland/December infection.
The measles outbreak has re-ignited dialogue that pits pro-vaccination versus anti-vaccination parents and caregivers. The internet and social media have exploded with images, pictures, and facts. While many who don’t vaccinate stand by their claim of the side-effects, including the myth that vaccinations could lead to autism, Obama stands firm on his belief to get children vaccinated.
He noted during the interview that he understands how parents and caretakers might be concerned about vaccinations, but goes on to state that the science is “pretty indisputable.”