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Measles outbreak hotspots are in US states where parents can opt out of vaccinations

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2655 (Published 15 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2655
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

States that make it easy for parents to avoid vaccinating their children are at high risk for outbreaks of measles and other infectious diseases, a study published in PLoS Medicine has shown.1

The percentage of US children who are unvaccinated has risen since 2009. The 2015 National Immunization Survey found that only 72.2% of young children aged 19-35 months were fully vaccinated in line with practice guidelines.

“A social movement of public health vaccine opposition has been growing in the United States in recent years; subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased,” said the authors of the study, from the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, …

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