One area of particular concern, the USA has counted more measles cases in the first two months of 2019 than in all of 2017 - and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress in late February.
"I grew up understanding my mother believed vaccines are risky, as she would speak openly about her views both online and in person", the high schooler said on Tuesday (March 5) in testimony before a Senate hearing on contagious disease outbreaks.
When he showed his mother the articles explaining, for example, that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine did not cause autism, he said she replied: "That's what they want you to think".
In December 2018, an 18-year-old student asked Reddit for help: How and where should he go in order to finally get vaccinated? Lamar Alexander and a Memphis pediatric doctor told a Senate health committee Tuesday at a hearing on vaccine-preventable diseases.
There are 200 known cases in 11 states so far this year with the Pacific Northwest hardest hit.
There have been unsubstantiated claims of vaccinations being linked to autism despite contrary evidence. In the past, Paul has questioned whether vaccines should be required, and he's parroted anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, such as in 2015, when he said he'd "heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines". "But, we'll probably make that common ground where she'll understand it's just important to me and I'm not trying to demonize people on her side", he said, "we're still working through it". Isakson said, "I'd love to have Thanksgiving dinner at your house".
"I grew up in an (anti-vaccination) household". While deaths are rare in the USA, measles killed 110,000 people globally in 2017 - and unvaccinated Americans traveling overseas, or foreign visitors here, can easily bring in the virus.
Sarah Myriam of New Jersey holds her daughter Aliyah, 2, as they join activists opposed to vaccinations outside a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the safety of vaccines, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. John Wiesman, Washington state's health secretary, called for a national campaign about the importance of vaccines. Nonetheless, opposition to mandatory vaccines remains fierce.
According to Dr. Eric Cadesky, is the president of Doctors of BC, he has seen the increase in young patients coming to get vaccinated with his own eyes and he has also heard from other doctors that the panic to get immunized by Canadian youngsters is happening everywhere.
"Given the choice, I do believe that the benefits of most vaccines vastly outweigh the risks, yet it is wrong to say that there are no risks to vaccines", Paul said. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) noted vaccine requirements only apply to children entering school, and exercising individual liberty should not come at the expense of the health of others.
And while mom Jill Wheeler told Undark that her son's decision was "a slap in the face", Ethan's testimony comes amid increasing concern about the spread of misinformation surrounding vaccination, as the number of unvaccinated American children rises.
Already the effects are being seen, with major outbreaks of measles across the U.S., where anti-vax rhetoric is more popular than in the United Kingdom or Australia.
Nationally, the United States has high measles vaccination coverage.