Unfortunately, our country is becoming more dangerous due to the increase in preventable diseases. Lower levels of immunization status has allowed measles to reinfest our country. In 1990 there were 27786 cases of measles in the USA with 64 deaths associated. Comparing this to the statistics from the year 2000 on, there were a maximum of two deaths per year. From 2000 to 2013 there was an average of 88 cases per year in our country. This has increased to an average of 287 cases per year since 2014 with the maximum of 667 cases in 2014 and a report of 555 cases already in 2019. Given that one in every 4 measles cases are hospitalized, one in a thousand will have brain abnormalities and one in a thousand will die, and that one in ten thousand more will die within the next 9 to 10 years from an associated neurological complication called SSPE, this is a very scary thing.
We believe that this and the increases in other immunization preventable diseases is because of vaccine hesitancy and refusal. We strongly believe in helping the children of this country. We strongly believe that immunization makes our society and population safer, stronger and healthier. We very strongly encourage all of America to pay attention to the science of vaccination and to immunize their children.
Please review our immunization statement and section on our website. Also review the cdc’s recent publish document at www.cdc.gov/measles/downloads/matte-reasons-vaccinate.pdf. We offer vaccine information appointments and highly encourage all of our patients to bring up the conversation for discussion and clarity.
Thank you for your help in our fight to make all children’s health as optimal as possible based on scientific evaluation and good medicine.