Tag Archives: Measles

The rise and fall of measles vaccinations

Ten years ago it would not have been worth my time to write about measles nor yours to read about it. In the year 2000, thanks to a very effective 2-shot childhood vaccination program using a combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the U.S. was declared free of this potentially lethal disease. However, by the end of… Read More »

NYC health officials warn against ‘measles parties’ amid biggest outbreak in decades

A public health emergency was declared in New York City on Tuesday due to a measles outbreak — and health officials are warning against the idea of “measles parties.” Such parties involve intentionally exposing unvaccinated children to other children with a disease, with the intent that they would get the disease themselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Read More »