The trend of parents choosing not to vaccinate has spread like wild-fire – but so did the measles before a vaccine was created. Many health professionals remain dumbfounded that such a large amount of people is against vaccination , and they also find the threat of epidemics of the past making a comeback a possibility.
So, why choose are parents choosing not to vaccinate if their child could face such life-threatening diseases?
The answer is simply found in the case of Andrew Wakefield. This former gastroenterologist created fraudulent research papers in 1998 stating that the measles, rubella and mumps vaccines caused autism in adolescents. Because of this, parents took it upon themselves to protect their children – and the parents aren’t to blame because the parental instinct to protect their children any way possible. Although Wakefield’s findings were never able to be reproduced or confirmed, the trend remains even today.
How could this affect the future?
Since 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the United states has seen 1,586 confirmed cases of the measles. The measles remains one the most contagious diseases known, and with modern-day parents choosing not to vaccinate, the thought of an epidemic is all too real. In 2014 alone, the United States face 667 confirmed cases of the measles. The CDC also claims that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, meaning there was a prevalence increase of 123% from 2002 to 2010. With this sudden and extreme increase in known cases of Autism, it is understandable why parents would link the rocketing numbers with vaccinations.
There are currently 19 states that allow for parents to make their own decision in vaccinations with little or no difficulties enrolling in public schools.With a crisis holding such detrimental possibilities at hand, some believe that it should be illegal to not vaccinate a child.For most, it is still difficult to say whether this is a case of causation or correlation.