10 February 2012

Measles Vaccine

Measles is now a highly preventative disease. In 1967 a highly effective vaccine was approved, and this vaccinne has helped to save lives globally, especially those of children who measles is a major killer. The vaccine has helped the United States to control the disease for a while. Unfortunately, the hoax that is the anti-vaccine movement is risking making diseases like the measles a problem again. The study that linked autism and vaccination was a fraud, yet people continue to fall for it.

The issue of a now highly preventable disease may be coming to Purdue. A person with the measles visited the Super Bowl village in Indianapolis. Purdue is now making plans for if a measles outbreak occurs. This includes measures to protect students who are not vaccinated. Not everybody can get a vaccine. There are a number of reasons why one may not be able to get a specific vaccine. Because of this it is especially important for those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated. Through "herd immunity," when a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, those who are not vaccinated are still protected. If too many people aren't vaccinated though, we risk loosing that herd immunity. If you are not vaccinated for the measles and can get the vaccine, I encourage you get vaccinated. Protect yourself and those around you.

More information on the measles and its vaccine can be found on the websites of the US Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

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