How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

Measles is no joke and we could be on the verge of a major outbreak.

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Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community who have received the measles vaccine falls below 90 percent to 95 percent, we can start to see major outbreaks, as in the 1950s when four million Americans a year were infected and 450 died. Worldwide, measles still kills around 100,000 children each year.

Source: How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning – The New York Times

Author: Jess

Jess is a Political Science student at Arizona State University. They are a proud member of the LGBTQ community. When Jess isn't studying, blogging, or tweeting they can be found reading books, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with their two fur babies. Preferred pronouns: they/their.

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