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Outbreak of Measles in Disneyland Raises Concern about Parents Not Vaccinating

On January 21, 2015, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), confirmed 59 cases of measles in his state since the end of December, 2014. 42 of those cases were linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California.

In 1912, measles became a nationally known disease in the United States. Physicians were required to report all diagnosed cases. During the first decade of reporting the disease, approximately 6,000 measles related deaths were reported each year. Before the vaccine became available (1963), nearly every child in the United States got the measles. It has been estimated that 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. Also each year an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles(source CDC.gov).

The only way to prevent children from getting the measles is by vaccinating them. By 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States. This was due to a very highly effective vaccination program. The recent measles outbreak occurred because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids. They are believing a myth spread by actress and author, Jenny Mccarthy, that vaccines are linked to autism.

About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism. But it is not due to vaccinations. This link is totally false.

Penn Jillette explains why it is important to get your children vaccinated in this to the point video. Please note the video contains some foul language.

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I have two children on the autism spectrum. I do not believe that their autism was due to the fact that they are vaccinated. I would rather have them be on the spectrum than die from a disease that has been eradicated for decades. Please vaccinate your kids. You might save the lives of thousands of children and definitely the life of your son or daughter.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.