What we can do to prevent measles and whooping cough

June 18, 2014 1:03 AM

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NEW YORK — Since the beginning of June, there have been at least two big announcements about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. this year. In California, more than 800 cases of whooping cough have been reported to the state health department in the past two weeks, according to Time. (Two infants have died from whooping cough in California already this year.) And on June 4, the Massachusetts Department of Health released a clinical measles alert to warn resident of a measles outbreak — nearly 300 cases in 18 states this year, with 89 percent of those cases in people who were not vaccinated. According to The New York Times, that's a 20-year high.

If it seems like every month there's a new outbreak of some preventable disease, that's because there is. And yet, the anti-vaccine movement remains strong and intractable. I found out about the measles outbreak because someone posted the Massachusetts alert on Facebook, along with a plea to get you...

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