From Disneyland To America: Measles Outbreak Prompts Vaccine Policy Debate

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By Tom Ashbrook
On Point Radio (2/9/15)

The  growing rash of measles cases and new calls to make vaccination mandatory.

In the year 2000, measles was eliminated from the United States.  Gone. This year and last?  It’s back with a vengeance.  An outbreak in Disneyland, and it threatens the country.  Why the return?  The vulnerability?  American vaccination rates.  They are down.  Lower now than in Zimbabwe.  Bangladesh.  Tanzania.  Anti-vaccination Americans have opted out, leaving everyone more exposed.  Now there is pushback.  State legislators saying “enough.”  Proposing mandatory vaccination to get back our “herd immunity.”  This hour On Point:  the push for mandatory vaccination in America.


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