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Measles Cases on the Rise
News Bytes 04/17/2019 89 Comments

U.S. measles cases are surging again. Instances of the highly contagious illness are on pace to set a record. And although measles is usually a childhood infection, the vaccine-preventable disease can affect persons of any age.

Measles symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to the infection. Symptoms may include cough, fever, and runny nose, and a red rash that usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Airborne germs spread through coughs and sneezes—often before anyone knows the infected person is sick.

On Monday, U.S. health officials reported that 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year—up from 465 just a week ago. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the center of the outbreak. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York. Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97% effective.

Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. After the CDC issued its report Monday morning, Iowa officials said they too had seen a case.

Also on Monday, the World Health Organization reported that globally there are four times as many measles cases so far this year as there were at the same time last year.

The largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar, and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases.

The good news is that most people survive the measles. However, complications like bronchitis, hearing loss, and brain inflammation can occur.

(A woman receives a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. U.S. measles cases have surged this year, and are on pace to set a record. AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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Oh dear, I hope I don't get

Oh dear, I hope I don't get measles!!

Karisma S

Yeah, that doesn't sound like fun. I wonder if it would be a good idea to get a measles vaccine?

Yikes! Did anyone else maybe

Yikes! Did anyone else maybe shiver a little when looking at the picture? I don't like shots.

Also, I wonder why there are

Also, I wonder why there are so many measles cases this year.


The main reason measles are making a huge comeback is due to the increasing popularity of "Anti-Vaxxers," A group of people who deny facts, logic, statistics, and common sense, and refuse to vaccinate their children. Their stubbornness, stupidity, and cruelty results in damage to their own children and people who spend time with their children.
If you don't like the term Anti-Vax, there is also Pro-Disease. It's the same thing.

Previous comment

I guess I described Anti-Vaxxers a little to harshly in that previous comment, a lot of these people aren't stupid, I know a few in real life and they are actually nice.
So the important distinction is some of them (Group A.) know the science, they know the statistics, and still refuse to vaccinate their children causing stuff like this resurgence in measles.
However, some of them, (Like the people I know) Are just uneducated n the matter. (Group B.) Maybe they read a couple articles, and decided that they would join the movement. They don't deny the facts, they just don't know them.
So, I have no hard feelings against Group B. (We just need to spread awareness about the situation.) But group A., those are the ones causing the literal deaths of children.


Hmm... measles

Oh dear!

those shots don't look very friendly I hope that the measles pass on really really fast!!

Garrett v

YIKES #grammerley


this is the ONE AND ONLY TIME I WILL SAY THIS!!! I would rather get a shot than get measles!! I think I was vaccinated when I was a baby for this!!
Indiana why did measles have to come to Indiana!! I live in the top of Indiana but I will be traveling with my brothers travil soccer!! I hope i never Ever get measles.
@ Zack W I agree good point!

measles vaccination.

I just asked my mom and she said I was vaccinated for them already. i hope the vaccine works! : E


it gave me goose bumps just looking at it!!!!!

dont vaccine its bad


Elsie (Emelias sister)

Zack, you are making it seem like anti vaxxers are murders. They aren't. They aren't pro disease either. Nobody wants to get sick. My aunt had a vaccine that made her have seizures once. And some children have even gotten autism from it. Anti Vaxxers are not defying logic and common sense they just don't believe in vaccinating.
It is also against some peoples beliefs to get vaccinated. God gave us an immune system for a reason you fight diseases like measles. Don't be offended just saying that not all Anti Vaxxers are evil monsters who want other people to get sick. They have done studying and there are risks with vaccinating. Again no offense. Just saying my opinion. : /

@Sophie C

I have been vaccinated many many times in my life and have never had any bad side effects, and because of vaccines i have never gotten the flu.

My friends aunt had a

My friends aunt had a vaccination and got a down syndrome-type of disease from it. A vaccination ruined her whole life. Also, I read that a mom had her baby vaccinated, and later that afternoon, it just died.

Just saying, vaccines aren't

Just saying, vaccines aren't always a good thing!!

To Above

I have heard a lot of stories like that to. It's so sad : (

@Elsie G, @Alyssa S

Thanks so much for standing up for Anti-Vaxxers! I personally am one, as is the rest of my family, and I believe that God intervened when I was little by causing my vaccination records to be lost. I missed at least one, and I believe that if I hadn't, then I would not be here today.
Also, I would much rather have had measles than have the lifetime of peanut and dog allergies that I am stuck with. I believe that I have them because I was exposed to the dog allergens shortly after receiving a vaccine, causing my body to react strongly to the allergens. As for the peanut, many vaccines can have peanut oil or other peanut products in them.
For another thing, did you know that they put aborted baby parts into vaccines? They take cells from aborted babies and put them into the vaccines!!! They also put mercury in vaccines, and if I remember correctly, aluminum. Why would you want to have any of that injected into your body?
Lastly, God gave us all of our safety mechanisms for a reason. When we take toxins orally, then they can be filtered out of the body. However, when you inject something into a person, you are bypassing all of that person's God-given filters and safety mechanisms and are introducing toxins directly into the blood stream, where they could potentially damage the heart.

I don't mean to offend anyone with my little tirade. I feel very strongly about this subject and am just trying to get the facts out there.
Elsie G., Alyssa S., thanks again for standing up for us!


I don't necessarily have a problem with the measles vaccine, but I do believe the not all vaccines are necessary. However, there are some that should not be skipped. I too know people who do not vaccinate their children at all, and people that get every vaccination available. I have never had a flu shot in my life and I have only had the flu 3 times. [I'm 17] I also have a cousin who says that having a tetanus shot twice in college caused her sons to be autistic. But there is no medical evidence for this. I will vaccinate my children!


I am anti vax too and I agree with everything you just said. I have never had a vaccine and I am perfectly fine today! I have no allergies and have never had measles. I did know about the aborted babies in vaccines, did you know they also use aborted babies to test teas? I STRONGLY agree with you!

@Elsie G, @Alyssa S

Yes, I agree with GL. Thank you for defending us. My family rarely, and by rarely I mean rarely, goes to the doctor at all. My mom is very informed and reads a lot about vaccines and stuff like that and how they can end up affecting you in the long run. I got a shot when I was a baby and another one a few years ago, but that was a tetanus shot. (I don't know if that makes sense)@ GL I didn't know about the aborted babies in vaccines... that is just so sad... abortion IS very sad.

Aborted babies in vaccines?!?

Aborted babies in vaccines?!?!?! That's literally CANNIBALISM!!!!

Ana G, I agree with you, my

Ana G, I agree with you, my mom is very educated on that type of stuff too

Alyssa S, I know, it is just like cannibalism. So horrible : (

@Alyssa S

I don't think that it is quite cannibalism because cannibalism means eating.

Elsie (Emelias sister)

Well yes but it is just as wrong as eating someone.

@Elsie G


@Elise G.

If your child dies of a preventable disease because you think you know more than the doctors who have spent years and years studying things like this, or you think you will just ignore the hundreds of papers on it, than you are the cause of that child dying.
Also, vaccines do not cause autism. they just don't. please stop making this false and hurtful claim.
Sure, your body has an immune system. and clearly that immune system doesn't work against Polio. Would you rather have a shot or get Polio?

@Alyssa S.

Vaccines don’t cause autism or Down syndrome. They just don’t. So many Pro-Diseasers make this comment, and it’s just wrong. Completely unfounded, and disproven sonso many times.
Also, the idea of “a baby got a vaccine then it died” is a terrible argument. How many babies get vaccines then die? Not many, and the ones that do are causes unrelated to the vaccine. How many babies get vaccines then live? Millions.


I wish there was a nicer way to put this, but your just wrong. You getting vaccines did not cause allergies. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as allergies in people without vaccines,
Also, your claim about aborted babies in vaccines makes it sound like doctors just throw babies into the meat grinder and use their remains, this is completely false. Once, in 1960, two aborted fetuses were used to create a part of a vaccine. Two already dead babies were used to save hundreds of lives, and they have never used fetuses since.
Did you know that water is poisonous? Who would put that in their bodies?? Literally everyone. A small dose of water is completely safe, even healthy. A small dose of mercury or aluminum is safe, even healthy. The dose makes the poison.
I also feel very strongly about this, but unlike you I want to educate people about the REAL truth of vaccines.

Dead children

Hundreds of children die of preventable diseases in the US every year because ignorant parents refuse to vaccinate them.
This isn’t just a statistic, every child that dies is an individual, robbed of their life by an easily preventable disease. The fact that some people are fully aware of all of this and continue to fight against vaccines is disgusting. How many more children have to die before people realize this isn’t a joke. Maybe instead if a Anti-Vax they should be called Pro-Death.


Anyone who wants to continue arguing abainst vaccines, just answer this one question.
Are you okay with these children dying?
I know for sure that I’m not.

Zack W.

Well, my friend's aunt's LIFE got RUINED by vaccines. Also, those "already dead babies" they put in vaccines... well, those WEREN'T "already dead"- they were aborted!! Those are 2 more lives just wasted because their parents didn't want to have children. You sound like you are supporting abortion by what you are saying!! I think that vaccines can be good at times, but they are still dangerous!! #ProudToBeUNVACCINATED!!!!!

@Alyssa S.

I’m sorry to hear that your friend’s aunt’s life was ruined, but vaccines were almost definitely not the cause. And what I meant by “Already dead” is that the babies were already dead when they decided to use them. They were killed, but not so vaccines could be made. I don’t think abortion is right. But if you can safe lives by making use of something that already happened, why not.

There are actually a lot of

There are actually a lot of doctors that are studying how vaccines are bad.
Also vaccines can cause autism. There is a documentary all about parents saying how bad they regret vaccinating their children because it completely ruined there kids life.
And about it not mattering because the babies are already dead, that's DISGUSTING! I do not want to get into a huge argument so this is probably the last time I will comment.

@Emelia G.

Elsie (Emelias sister)

I'm going to choose not to believe those article because you have no way to prove that those are any truer than a parents testimony when she said her kid got a shot and a few hours later was not talking and banging her head on the wall. I'm also going to believe my aunt (and Alyssa's friends aunt) when she said that vaccines messed her up.
The medical system is corrupt and evil. I read a story where they fired a doctor because he was trying to prove that vaccines aren't healthy. It is a complete money scam and when people die from illness' like measles that is because God had a plan. Not because someone didn't vaccinate their kid. I could give you just as many articles about parents saying vaccines ruined their kids. And FLU SHOTS don't even get me started. Complete scam. Oh and also," it was just two babies", seriously, two amazing sweet little children were MURDERED and you are saying it's okay to put them in vaccines because they are Already DEAD. If you came across a dead man on the side of the road would it okay to steal from him because he's dead???? No It wouldn't. Would it be okay to eat someone if they were already dead? No, it wouldn't. I just cannot believe you Zack. Oh and Alyssa, I am #ProudToBeUNVACCINATED too!!!!!

Isaac's sister, Grace

I understand that ya'll are upset about things on both sides of vaccination, but I don't think you need to get angry, or write comments as if you are angry. Whether or not to get vaccinated is your choice, and your parents choice.
Zach, I think it was overboard to suggest calling people who don't do vaccinations Pro-Death. We shouldn't judge people just on the decisions they make, or the beliefs they have. Not vaccinating your children doesn't make you a murderer, it just means you are trying to do what is best for your children, just like parents who do vaccinate.
Go on and state your views and what you believe, but let's do it in a way that glorifies God.

Elsie Gibbons #ProudToBeUNVACCINATED!!!!

And the parents who don't vax aren't ignorant. They are doing what they think is right. They are making a choice for their child, because that is what parents do. They make choices to for their children. They have to. My parents are good people and by not vaccinating me they are making a hard choice. In this case I benefit from it. I would never want to have a vaccine and am OVERJOYED that my parents DO NOT vax ME. To quote Alyssa once again, I am "#ProudToBeUNVACCINATED!!!!"


The above comment was to Zach.
You are right. No reason to get angry about it. Sorry.

@Elsie G

Zack, I just hate that Pro-Vaccinate are always looking down on those of us who are unvaccinated. And Pro-Death, No way! We aren't Pro-Death we are Pro-I don't want someone shooting stupid medications in me. That's just my point of view.

Elsie to Zack

And to answer your previous question. No, I am not OKAY with children dying.

@Emilia G.

If you choose not to believe reliable sources, then I don’t know what to do. I guess I can just hope that you open your eyes.
So when hundreds of children die of preventable diseases it’s “Gods plan,” but when two already dead babies are used to save lives it’s a horrible failure of the medical system? That seems a bit double sided. If you pass of all deaths as “God’s plan” then you are never motivated to change anything. If there was some dead guy on the side of the road and he had a cure for polio in his pocket, heck yeah I would take it. There is nothing I can do to make him come back to life, so why not save some lives.
And please, link some reliable sources with creditable evidence and large scale tests. I think you will have a hard time.

@Grace R.

Yeah, I guess some of my comments are a bit harsh, and of course I have no negative feeling towards anyone in this site.

@Elsie G.

Sorry I mistitled that last comment, I didn’t see the title and just read who it was by.
I understand your concern about vaccines, as there is a lot of misinformation and someone sticking a needle in you is quite ominous, but there has been enough research done to safely conclude that they are safe for almost everyone. (Of course a few people have reactions to them, but very few and it’s due to allergies or a medical condition.) If you don’t want children to die, why continue to distrust vaccines?

Elsie to Zack

Because it isn't a 100% chance that someone would die if they didn't get a vaccine.


What if we make the subject about vaccines a bit lighter because it sounds to me like someone is going to say something that they shouldn't and maybe offend someone? :) Just an opinion.

To Above

I agree

To you all.

This has turned into a debate! I agree aborting babies is a Evil work of sin! and should be STOPED!!! @ Zack W I do not agree with parents not vaccinating there children because they are "afraed of them" I do not agree with getting a vaccination with aborted baby parts in it at all!!!. but if your child is exposed to a desis such as cholera then you should be vaccenated no matter what.


I think i agree.....


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