Measles outbreak spur debate over vaccination

February 8, 2015 9:23 PM

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Measles outbreaks reported from various parts of the U.S. once again spur debate over vaccination, its need and prevailing myths. At least five babies in the Chicago area have been reported to be infected with the measles and more cases could be reported given the contagious nature of this disease. The babies weren’t vaccinated because they were too young for measles vaccination.

Dr. Ken Haller of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center explained that children less than one year can’t be vaccinated for measles as it doesn’t react well with their natural immunities. Such babies contract measles because the natural immunity they get from their mothers may not be effective i...

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