Measles is 6 times more contagious than influenza. Around 400 people die from measles EVERY DAY worldwide. Measles is one of the leading killers of children on this planet. (As reported by the Measles & Rubella Initiative.)
As of the beginning of the year to mid April the CDC has confirmed 61 people from ten different states (California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington) have tested positive for measles.
Let’s travel back in time…
2016: 70 cases across 16 states
2015: 188 cases across 24 states
2014: 667 cases (record number) from 27 states
2008: Measles cases rise due to the increase of unvaccinated people.
Elimination (not eradication) of measles was documented in the United States in 2000. Only between 37 and 220 people were reported to have the measles each year.
Measles vaccines became routine in 1963.
Before 1963 measles infected millions of people each year and was responsible for hundreds of deaths. The CDC reports that 3-4 million people were infected every year.
Back to today…
There is a good chance that someone will be diagnosed with measles TODAY in the United States. It is a fact that hundreds of people on this planet will die from measles by nightfall. Many of these people will be babies and children–babies and children whose parents WISH they had access to vaccines that would have saved their lives.
Why not save your child? If you haven’t vaccinated your children what’s holding you back?
Please visit the Measles an Rubella Initiative to learn how you can help.