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By Shamard Charles, MD, and Caroline Radnofsky
Some teenagers who have never been vaccinated against diseases such as measles or chickenpox have doubts about the anti-vaccine movement. Health officials condemn parents who have decided not to infect their children because of measles outbreak in 1
One of those teenagers is Mayci, an 18-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, who has heard an outbreak of measles on Reddit's advice on vaccination
Mayci, who asked her name not to be included because she is worried about her mother's disorder never had vaccines. Reason? Her mother's position, "the vaccines are bad, we do it, let's leave it alone," the teenager told NBC News.
"At the time I was born, both my parents agreed to the vaccination," Mayci said. “Almost a year and a half ago I left my mother's home and my father. My dad has a fairly neutral attitude towards vaccinations, but he was born with the beliefs of my mother and family.
On Monday, disease control and prevention centers confirmed 101 cases of measles. Fifty-five of them were in Washington State – an epicenter of the outbreak. Almost all cases occurred in children under 10 years of age whose parents decided not to vaccinate.
Ascending, Mayci thought that the mother's negative attitude towards the vaccines was normal. Her mother took advantage of the religious exception that Mayci was not required to be vaccinated at school and told her friends to do so.
"When I was 12, I remember all my classmates saying," – said Mayci. "I asked them," What do you understand, you had to get shots to go to school? “”
Georgia is one of the 17 countries that allow non-medical exceptions for vaccination requirements traveling to school under the National Conference of National Judges. At present, 47 states are exempting religious exceptions, and since 2009 they have been released. The number of exceptions to "philosophical and faith" vaccines given to public services has risen by 12 out of 18 countries currently authorizing this policy.
"What we see is intense against the pockets of vaccine activity," said Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National Tropical Medicine School, Medical College of Berlin. “In recent years, the United States has witnessed a growing public health vaccine movement. Thereafter measles outbreaks increased.
Experts believe this is one of the reasons why they are in front of the hot spot for vaccination, such as Clark County, Washington. However, doctors and nurses say that the recent outbreak is causing people to be vaccinated. Washington State Health Department says 2018 Month of January. About 530 people were immunized about measles. January this year There were over 3000 vaccines.
Because vaccination is a medical procedure, in many cases, adolescents under the age of 18 years. father, guardian or other adult family member.
When Mayci was 17, she talked to her father about getting the vaccine when she turned 18.
"He honestly said I was old enough to make my medical decisions. He agrees with my decision, said Mayci. "The fact that I worked in a doctor's office allowed me to become really educated about myths and truths about vaccines."
2000 The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine have been reported to have been cleared in the United States. this is part of the annual children's shots. Measles are a very contagious disease, but people receiving adequate doses of the vaccine rarely meet, even if they are exposed.
Two doses of the vaccine, from 1 to 15 months of age, and the second dose from 4 to 6 years, provide about 97 percent of the dose. Protection. In some rare cases, a person receiving both doses of the measles vaccine will still receive measles if the virus is affected, although a less severe form of the disease. Experts are not sure why.
Recent measles outbreak is a reminder that herd immunity – which occurs when enough people are vaccinated against infectious disease to protect other people in the community in some communities  So far, Mayci has received a TDAP vaccine and a flu shot. This year she plans to receive a MMR vaccine along with shots against HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and chickenpox
"I graduated from high school this May and plan to study clinical laboratory sciences at college," she said. I need to have the necessary vaccinations. ”