An Overwhelming Measles Outbreak In The US Suggests Vaccines Aren’t Getting Through

Despite measles being preventable, a recent spate means that the US has experienced the largest measles outbreak since 1994. 228 cases of measles were recorded between January 1st and May 23rd of this year – 48 of which resulted in hospitalisation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing the 20-year inflated high, essentially condemning those who …

Map of vaccine-preventable outbreaks

This interactive map from the Council on Foreign Relations charts global outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases since 2008. Whilst some of the data may not be all that surprising, the prevalence of whooping cough in the US, and mumps and measles in Europe is cause for concern. Perhaps particularly noteworth is the number of cases of measles and mumps in …