I want to extend a thank you to The Daily News for publishing the columns by Drs. Megan Berman and Richard Rupp on the important role vaccines have in protecting our health.

Growing up in the shadow of polio and hearing my parents talk about what a dreaded disease polio was, I remember walking my neighborhood wondering if polio "lived" in that pool of stagnant water, on that algae-covered rock or on some dirty surface.

I also remember how excited (and even proud) I was when, in the early 1960s, I got to walk to Island School on Sunday afternoon to get my polio vaccine sugar cube that would prevent me and so many others from getting sick.

The current measles outbreak reminds us that vaccinations are still a critical step in helping us avoid diseases in all age groups. Much remains to be done to educate all segments of our population about the benefits of vaccination and the role vaccines play in protecting individual and community health.

Keith Mahaffey



(4) comments

Paul Hyatt

CDCC has stated that they big problem with this measles outbreak is that it is coming from across the border from the horde of invaders. There is your problem.

Steve Fouga

Fake news, created by Paul Hyatt. [cool]

Paul Hyatt

You might want to pay attention. Read the article as it is that most of these cases are being imported.... Hmmmm can you figure out what they mean by that?

Jim Forsythe

I also want to thank the Drs.

The main reason for the increase in cases is because of unvaccinated people.
If all people that could be vaccinated, would, the problem would be less, and the baby's that that can not be vaccinated, would be at less risk of catching measles, which can be life threating for them.
CDC: Record measles outbreak fueled by anti-vaccination propaganda.
"The biggest challenge we face right now is misinformation and myths about the vaccine. It's important that parents realize that the vaccine is safe and effective," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring.

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