Public Health Crisis : It Is Truly A Place Of Childhood Innocence Essay

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Few places can invoke a sense of wonder and awe that Disneyland in Anaheim, California seems to emanate; it is truly a place of childhood innocence where anything is possible. However, in December of 2014, the magic kingdom was temporarily turned into a house of horror as a public health crisis unfolded on its brightly colored grounds. Unbeknownst to her, one little girl, “brought with her an unlikely guest: measles” (Lobo 261). Measles is a contagious viral infection thought to have been eradicated in the United States back in 2000 that continues to be a legitimate concern into the present day. While cases do occasionally occur, the MMR, or measles/mumps/rubella, vaccination developed in 1963 has been proven to be quite effective in halting the spread of the disease. Even then, this California-based outbreak spread itself a tremendous distance and was identified to be the source of, “100 confirmed cases across California and into Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, and Arizona” (Lobo 261). While many point the fingers of the cause behind this public health nightmare at a vague “patient-zero”, the reasoning behind this disaster lies much deeper. In light of these recent measles outbreaks, it is crucial to the safety of the public that mandatory vaccination legislation be strengthened in order to improve immunity coverage nationwide. Researchers from across the country have found that, “substandard vaccination rates”, in children are the most likely cause of, “the

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