February 14, 2015 SANTA CRUZ
Within weeks, the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland in December had spread to more than 120 people in 17 states. It’s a reminder of the power of infectious diseases to jump from person to person, school to school, and state to state. In our super-connected world, diseases like measles don’t need much of an opening to flourish and do real damage.
That’s a lesson that many people seem to have forgotten. By removing the starkest reminders of how serious these vaccine-preventable diseases can be, vaccinations have become victims of their own success.