After Measles had been declared eradicated (not being spread domestically) in the United States, it seems to be making a big return.
After an infection spreading from Disneyland during the holiday season, it has gone beyond that and been contracted by those who have not been in the park. What does this mean? That there are people outside of the park without the vaccine who are becoming infected, and thereby spreading it farther from where the outbreak began. The biggest outbreak of Measles in recent years was in 2000 in an Amish community in Ohio.
The outbreak is still largely focused in the western half of the USA: There are now 16 confirmed cases in Orange County. The second-hardest-hit area is San Diego County, with 10 cases — nine of whom were not vaccinated. There are a total of 45 measles cases in California. There are also 6 cases outside of the state.
After the growth of this case, I keep seeing guys on the net just talking about how this is all because of anti-vaxxers, who are refusing to get vaccinations because of possible side effects. Doctors say there are no serious side effects, and the debate goes on. But what can we do about it? Which side is right?
After speaking about this outbreak with my grandparents and parents, I can't help but think this is a condition of living too comfortable. Our grandparents lived at risk of dying of measles. Our parents were vaccinated, and luckily brought up in a time that they didn't have to worry as much, and got their kids vaccinated out of habit. Now, though, people who have never had to worry about the dangers of measles are instead not getting vaccinated, which is bringing us full cycle. How do we get out of it?