Measles Is A Contagious Disease

860 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction A few months ago thousands of people went on vacation to Disneyland to enjoy time with their families, but also unexpectedly faced potential exposure to measles. A disease that due to an effective vaccination program launched in the US in the early 1960’s was thought to be eradicated (Orenstein, 2004). This amusement park was a perfect medium for the airborne virus to find new hosts and with the increased number of unvaccinated children this provided the perfect circumstances for an outbreak to take occur. “Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus,” (Measles, n.d). The United States had 668 record cases of measles in 27 states, in 2014. This is the highest number of cases documented since 2000 (Measles Cases and Outbreaks, 2015). Among the 110 individuals infected during the Disneyland outbreak, 45% were unvaccinated, 43% were unknown/undocumented, 6% has two doses of the vaccine, 5% only had one dose of the vaccine, and 1% had three doses (Zipprich, 2015).
The recommended vaccination protocol is to initiate between 12 to 15 months and provide a second dose when children enter elementary school. A single MMR vaccine could cause maternal antibodies to be less effective if the vaccine is given before 12-15 months of age. From the Disneyland data 67% parents had decided not to vaccinate their children and themselves due to personal beliefs, this included 18 children and 10 adults (Zipprich, 2015). With this outbreak it is amazing to…
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