Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Measles, whooping cough, polio – the world is witnessing a disturbing rise in vaccine-preventable diseases. In the United States, several outbreaks of measles and whooping cough (also known as pertussis) have been reported in the last couple years. These diseases have caused serious illness and even death. Why are we seeing a resurgence of these infectious disease? The most plausible explanation is a failure in following recommended immunization practices for adults and children.
Polio, a crippling disease that was nearly eradicated a few years ago, has reemerged in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. On May 5, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio to be a Public Health Emergency. Polio is preventable, thanks to the widely available polio vaccine. Americans are routinely immunized against polio at childhood, and there have been no cases of polio in the United States since 1979. However, some countries grappling with war and poor infrastructure are falling short in vaccinating their population against polio and other diseases.
The bottom line is: to protect yourself and your family, make sure you are up-to-date on all recommended immunizations. Click here to view recommended immunization schedules from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more information on these vaccine-preventable diseases, click here.