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Unvaccinated Kids Behind Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in Years: Study
Date:10/20/2011

British researcher, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, published a study in The Lancet in 1998 claiming a link. The research was later discovered to be fraudulent, however, and the journal has since retracted the article.

Pavlo stressed that when parents decide against vaccinating their child, their action may affect other kids, as well.

"Your child might get measles and do well. But if you are the one who brings measles back into the community and your child infects someone else in the classroom who can't be vaccinated because of being immunocompromised, you might be responsible for the death of another child or an infant who can't be vaccinated," he said.

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For more information on measles, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Huong McLean, Ph.D., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Andrew Pavlo M.D., professor of pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, spokesman, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Oct. 20, 2011, presentations,49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Boston


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