President Trump quotes growing concerns about the outbreak of measles in the US and said that Americans must be vaccinated, from previous skepticism to current medical recommendations.
"They have to get a shot," he told journalists outside the White House on Friday. “Vaccination is so important. Now it goes. They have to get their shots. "
The disease has already been confirmed in at least 695 cases in 22 states – almost twice the total number of cases in 2018 – in what has now become the worst outbreak of measles because the disease has been eradicated almost 20 years ago.
"This current focus is deeply disturbing and I call on all health care providers to reassure patients about the effectiveness and safety of measles vaccines," said Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "And I encourage all Americans to comply with the CDC vaccine guidelines to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases." We must work together as a nation to remove this disease once and for all. "
According to the agency, the high number is mainly due to the large number of outbreaks that began in 2018 – one in Washington State and the other in New York and the state. Stopping the outbreak is a priority for the CDC, saying it "works 24/7 to protect Americans from this contagious disease", adding that vaccination is the best way to protect against measles.
Trump's new perspective on vaccination is at odds with earlier claims about their use. In 2014, he tweeted there are "many such cases" of children who go to the doctor, "they are drawn by the massive coverage of many vaccines, feel unwell and change – AUTISM." During their campaign the following year, the then Republican presidential candidate pushed for children receiving smaller doses for longer after the call of the current recommendations of "monstrous combined vaccines." After winning the 2016 election, Trump met Andrew Wakefield, a well-known leader of the anti-vaxi movement and now a discredited author of a 1998 study that linked measles-mumps-rubella shot with autism.
“Measles are not a harmless childhood disease, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease. We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. Measles vaccines are among the most widely studied health products and their safety has been firmly anchored in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken for many years, ”said Health and Social Services Secretary Alex Azar.
For much of the world sees a huge increase in the number of measles cases around the world, especially in relation to parents who have decided to vaccinate their children from a health and safety perspective, especially a false theory that vaccination causes autism. 110,000 cases have been reported in the past four months – an increase of 300 percent in the same period last year. New data show that 169 million children did not receive their first MRD dose of 21.1 million children per year from 2010 to 2017. t