Measles outbreak hotspots are in US states where parents can opt out of vaccinationsBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2655 (Published 15 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2655
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 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, …