The flu season is supposed to be on the wane, but the virus doesn’t seem to know it. Health officials are giving highly optimistic reports that the flu season has reached its peak and is now on the decline. However the number of people being hospitalized and the fatalities are still going up.
On the other hand, the measles outbreak is getting worse and there’s a growing public clamor for a more consistent approach in stopping the spread of the virus. A lot of people believe that the best way to do it is for everybody get vaccinated.
The 3 states with the highest number of estimated kindergarten students vaccinated with MMR during school year 2013 to 2014 were the following: is 99.7 in Mississippi. This is in school year 2013 to 2014. Next is North Carolina with 98.8 percent and 98.7 percent Hawaii.
The lowest 3 states with kinder students vaccinated were: Colorado with only 81.7 percent, Pennsylvania with 85.3 %, and Arkansas with 86.5 percent. This figures were also from school year 2013 to 2014 school year.
California had 92.3 percent children vaccinated and Utah 98.5 percent. Texas had 97.5 percent children vaccinated, Wisconsin with 92.6 percent and Missouri with 95.5 percent. This data was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No record for 2014 to 2015 school year available yet.
What we can see here is that high vaccination rate does not exempt the state from measles virus infection. Utah had 98. 5 percent vaccination rate and still it was hit by the virus. California has also a respectable 92. 3 percent.
So the question right now is if the measles vaccine is really working as it should be or not consistently. The CDC has not issued yet how effective is the measles vaccines just like what they did to flu vaccines which was pegged at 23 percent effective.
The Disneyland measles has really spread some more. Will the rate of vaccination a good gauge whether it can protect children from being infected or not?Will the anti-vaccination group proven right? Questions, questions, questions.
So how about it CDC? Can you at least give us a ball park figure?