Researchers report that exposing people to the pain and suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases helps a significant proportion of vaccine-hesitant people become pro-vaccine.
Unlike most of the other counties identified in the analysis, Hennepin County — indeed all of Minnesota — has not had a single reported case of the measles this year.
This year, measles cases have been identified in 22 states. Minnesota, fortunately, is not among them.
A threshold of vaccination rate of ninety percent or higher is needed to ensure safety of the general population.
In the hospital the boy was given the first dose of the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine. After he recovered, his parents refused to let him receive the second dose of DTaP — or any other recommended immunizations.
The current study is now the largest one to have investigated the safety of the MMR vaccine, which makes its findings all the more powerful.
The agency says that vaccines already prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year, but another 1.5 million lives could be saved if more people were vaccinated.
Digital health misinformation is having increasingly catastrophic impacts on physical health.
“Our findings suggest that a significant portion of the online discourse about vaccines may be generated by malicious actors with a range of hidden agendas,”says David Broniatowski, the study’s lead author.
The study’s findings underscore the challenges facing health professionals who are struggling to find ways to help people overcome myths and unfounded fears about vaccines.
As the senior director of infection control at Children’s Minnesota, Stinchfield is at the center of efforts to control the epidemic’s spread.
The outrage from the scientific community was immediate and unequivocal — and may explain why Trump’s transition team seemed to be backing away from it later in the day.