You don't know what you're talking about.
Experts say that, as diseases have become less common, people don't remember a time from before vaccines were commonplace.
Almost all of the measles cases have been diagnosed in patients who were never vaccinated against the virus. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".
Stefanson says if anyone is concerned they are infected they should report to their doctor, but call ahead first so they can take precautions to isolate them and protect other patients. "He continued, "I was just blown away that you know, the largest health organization in the entire world would be written off with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that", adding that his mother 'kind of fell into this echo chamber, and got more and more misinformation". "And it went from nearly completely eradicated, to the numbers were shooting, sky-rocketing back up, from immunizations".
Ethan has discussed the importance of vaccinations with his siblings; his 16-year-old brother is sympathetic but his 14-year-old sister is siding with their mother. But, according to NPR, when she found out she could opt out of immunizations, she didn't vaccinate her youngest five children, including Lindenberger. Further research showed none of the children in Wakefield's study had autism within days of receiving the MMR vaccine.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016.
It comes as an outbreak of measles were confirmed in ten states and a public health emergency was declared in an anti-vaccination "hot spot" in Portland, Oregon, last month.
Travellers at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., were warned last week that people who were in the airport's Terminal One for a four-hour period on January 27, may have contracted the disease. Despite measles being officially declared "eliminated in the United States" in 2000, the number of measles cases have been increasing ever since, with 79 cases already in 2019, majority in Washington state. This means that to achieve 95% immunity in the population for measles, vaccination coverage needs to be higher than 95%.
Infection does not require close contact and measles can survive in close areas, such as a bathroom, for up to two hours after an infected person has left.
A new case of measles has been confirmed in British Columbia - the province's second case of the virus this year.