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Some teenagers who have never been vaccinated against diseases such as measles or chicken pox are asked in the anti-vaccine movement, even Health officials judges parents who decide not to vaccinate their children for measles outbreak in 1
One of the youngsters was Mayci, an 18-year-old from Augusta, Georgia who came to Reddit for vaccination advice after hearing about The outbreak of measles.
Mayci – who asked that his last name was not included because he was concerned about his mother's rise – never had a vaccine. The reason? Her mother's position, & # 39; the vaccines are bad, it's something we're not doing, leave it alone, & # 39; said the teenager NBC News.
"At the time I was born, my parents both agreed on anti-immunization," says Mayci. "Almost a year and a half ago, I moved to my mother's home and with my father. My father had a relatively neutral view of vaccinations today, but when I was born he really agreed to my mother and the beliefs of her family. "
On Monday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 101 cases of measles. Five of those in the state of Washington, the center of proliferation. Almost all cases occur in children younger than 10 that parents have chosen not to vaccinate them.
As growing, Mayci thought that the negative view of his mother's vaccines was normal. His mother used a religious exemption so Mayci did not need a vaccination at school, and told her friends to do it too.
"When I was 12 years old, I remember all my classmates saying, & # 39; I do not want to get my shots & # 39 ;," says Mayci. "I asked them, & # 39; What do you mean, you need to get shots to get to school? & # 39;"
Georgia is one of the 17 states that allows non -medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At present, 47 states allow religious exemptions and since 2009, the number of 'philosophical-beliefs' exemptions & # 39; issued to state departments have lived in 12 of the 18 states that currently allow this policy.
"What we see is pockets of intense anti-vaccine activity," says Dr. Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Waco, Texas. "A social movement of the public health vaccine opposition has grown in the United States over the past few years, followed by increased proliferation."
These experts believe that hot spot battles In vaccines such as Clark County, Washington has climbed. But doctors and nurses say that recent uprisings stimulate people to get vaccinated. The Washington State Health Department said that about 530 people were vaccinated against measles in January 2018. This January, there were more than 3,000 vaccinations.
Since getting a vaccine is a medical procedure, in most cases young people under 18 require the consent of a parent, guardian, or other adult family member .
When he was 17 years old, he talked to his father about getting the vaccine when he became 18.
"He just says I'm good enough to make my own medical decisions. my judgment, "said Mayci. "The fact that I work in a doctor's office allows me to really be educated in myths and facts about the vaccines."
In 2000, measles was declared vaccinated in the United States, thanks to the vaccine, arid and rubella vaccines that became part of the healing shots of childhood over decades. Wounds are a contagious disease, but people who get the proper dose of the vaccine rarely contract it, even if they are exposed.
Two doses of vaccine – in 1 year to 15 months and a second dose in 4 to 6 years – provide about 97 percent protection. Only a few who get the same dose of the measles vaccine will still have measles if exposed to the virus, even a milder form of the disease. Experts are not sure why.
Recent measles outbreaks are a reminder of trade-in-the-way safety – which occurs when people are adequately immunized against a contagious disease to protect others in a community that is not damaged in their communities. ] Today, Mayci has received the TDAP vaccine and a flu shot. He plans to get the MMR vaccine, including shots against HPV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox) this year.
"I graduated from high school this May and plan for majoring in clinical laboratory at college," he said. "Because this is a field of health science, I really need to have the necessary vaccination."