You’ve probably heard about the current measles outbreaks in the United States. They started making news last year when a sizeable outbreak started in Washington State and lasted well into this year. Earlier this year, another outbreak started in Rockland County, New York, and it spread into the Orthodox Jewish community inside the New York City limits. There have been other cases of measles in other parts of the country, like the ones in Maryland or the most recent one in Oklahoma.
Because of these outbreaks, some news outlets reached out to History of Vaccines for interviews and comments. This resulted in several interviews and one op-ed piece published on The Hill online. While it was fun, in a way, to do these interviews, the seriousness of the situation with measles and vaccine hesitancy cannot be understated.
For your reading (and listening) pleasure, here are the stories:
- “Vaccinations and the measles resurgence,” an interview with WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2019/02/measles-outbreak-and-the-impact-of-vaccinations.php
- “Infectious, Part 1: Scabs, Pus And Puritans” a podcast from WBUR in Boston: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/05/03/scabs-pus-puritans
- “Infectious, Part 2: The Flintstone Dilemma”: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/05/03/the-flintstone-dilemma
- “Is Measles Here to Stay?” an article on NPR online: https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/npr/npr-story/718220586
- “With measles cases still rising, what religion has to say about vaccination,” an article online from the Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.philly.com/news/measles-religion-faith-tabernacle-vaccination-philadelphia-amish-christian-science-ultra-orthodox-20190509.html
- “Can You Get Measles if You Were Vaccinated?” from Vox online: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/pajp4n/can-you-get-measles-if-you-were-vaccinated
- “Vaccine hesitancy: Most difficult fight we have ahead of us is political,” an opinion piece on The Hill online: https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/443762-vaccine-hesitancy-most-difficult-fight-we-have-ahead-of-us-is-political