PEORIA, Ill. — The U.S is on pace for a record breaking year for measles cases.
According to the Center for Disease Control, confirmed measles cases have almost tripled in the first half of this year compared to all of 2018, making this the worst year for measles in the last quarter century.
Some say one attributing factor is vaccinations, or rather the lack there of. More and more Americans are neglecting to vaccinate themselves and their kids, which some say, is leading to this large of an outbreak.
Tuesday night people gathered at the Peoria Public Library to learn about vaccinations as part of the libraries monthly series “Peoria Speaks”.
Event organizers said they wanted to debunk some of the myths surrounding immunizations.
Katie Endress, Director of Epidemioloy and Clinical Services at the Peoria County Cealth Department says contrary to what many believe, scientific studies show vaccines do not cause autism, make you more sick, or pose a health risks for young children.
She says not getting vaccinated won’t just affect you but rather everyone who could come in close proximity to you.
“Vaccines have been thoroughly studied and have proven to be safe and effective,” said Endress. “They are one of the best ways to keep children healthy and prevent some serious infectious diseases.”
Endress says fighting the negative stigma starts with advocating for policy change. Currently only five states in the entire nation require all students attending public schools to have vaccinations before they arrive, Illinios is not one of them.
If you want to be a part of the next monthly discussion call 309-497-2186.