9 Million US Kids at Risk for Measles

child-vaccination-141117A new study has shown that around 9 million children in the U.S. are prone to measles, either because they have not been vaccinated or up-to-date with their vaccination. Researches estimated that around 92 to 94 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated to prevent a pandemic transmission of the disease.

The safety of the vaccine or giving too many vaccines at once are a concern for many parents and thus, they may avoid or delay vaccinating their children. However, researcher Robert Bednarczyk, an assistant professor of global health at Emory University in Atlanta assured the safety of the vaccine. He also warned the risk of not vaccinating as it leaves children and other people vulnerable to a grave diseases that may result in many problems.

Recently in the U.S., Children need to receive one shot of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at ages 12 to 15 months, and a second shot when they were between the ages of 4 and 6, in order to be considered protected against measles.

Despite these measures, vaccination is impossible for some children with health conditions – their immune system might prevent them from responding properly to the vaccine and it could lead to serious complications.

Reference: Rettner, R (2015). 9 million US kids at risk for Measles, livescience, 8th October, retrieved 31 October 2015 from <http://www.livescience.com/52429-measles-vaccine-kids.html>


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