Viewer Survey: Share your thoughts on vaccinations
COLUMBIA - A spike in measles cases is renewing discussion on whether vaccines should be required for all children without suppressed immune systems, even over the objections from parents who deem them unsafe or otherwise object to federal guidelines.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 154 people from 17 states were confirmed with measles between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20 of this year.
The CDC's website says most of those cases are part of a "large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California."
This follows a year in which the United States had 644 cases, "the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000," according to the CDC website.
The CDC currently recommends all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), first at age 12 -15 months, and second at age 4 - 6.
A contingent of vaccine opponents, known as "anti-vaxxers," does not follow the federal guidelines. Some refuse to get their children vaccinated at all, citing possible safety risks. Others may opt to get fewer vaccines or have their children vaccinated when they are older than the recommended age.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and many other members of the medical community have said there is no reputed evidence that vaccines causes disorders such as autism, often cited as a concern by anti-vaxxers.
But there are doctors who support the anti-vaccine movement by allowing parents to avoid or delay vaccinating their children.
Please share your opinion on vaccinations in the survey below. It is completely anonymous, but you will have the option to leave contact information if you are willing to talk to one of our reporters. We will share those stories and survey results in a special Town Square edition of our noon show, Thursday, March 19.