This article is by Marc Siegel, M.D. and was published first on Fox News Opinion.
Measles continues to spread in the U.S. It has already infected 695 people in 22 states so far this year – the highest number in 19 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
This is a serious disease that should not be increasing in our country. The very safe and highly effective MMR vaccine – which protects against measles, mumps and rubella – eliminated domestic cases of measles in the U.S. in 2000.
Most of the U.S. measles cases this year are in pockets of New York (Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Rockland County) and in Washington state. The disease was brought there by travelers arriving from other countries and spread primarily among unvaccinated people.
Parents who think they are protecting their children by denying them the MMR vaccine, no matter how well-intentioned they are, are in reality endangering the health of their sons and daughters as well as those around them.