I f continue the current trends, 2019 will be the worst year for measles in the United States for decades
Although the disease was officially declared eliminated in 2000, data from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that it is at its highest level in the United States since 1
The answer begins in 1998 when the authoritative academic journal The Lancet published a now-debunked study that found a link between autism and measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (commonly referred to as MMR). But the authors had only watched 12 children to reach their conclusions. The information contained therein was later found to be false, which means that the document was withdrawn in 2010.
But the damage had already been done. A significant part of the public had come to establish a link between vaccines and developmental disorders in children. Today, about one in 10 adults in the United States believes that the risks of vaccination outweigh the benefits according to the Pew Research Center surveys.
These opinions were maintained despite evidence showing that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This includes:
A 1999 study, also published in The Lancet, which studied 498 cases of autism.
A 2001 study, published in Pediatrics, which studied 262 children.
A 2002 study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which studied 537,303 children.
A 2019 study, in Annals of Internal Medicine, which studied 657,461 children.
This weight of evidence, for a total of a sample of 1,195,524, is shown below. It was inspired by the work of dr. Charles Li collecting this research.
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To find out how a lack of immunization has contributed to measles attacks, see this previous column.
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