Last year, the measles caseload spiked almost 35% throughout the nation, intensifying debates over parents who opt not to have their children vaccinated. The immunization issue has become a very hot debate over the confirmation of 41 cases on Friday, including 10 cases from San Diego County. All patients were found out to be unprotected from the deadly disease. Health officials throughout Southern California are now scrambling in treating the infected patients as well as in tracking their movements.
The vaccination rates remained high over the years until a study was published in 1998, linking the vaccine ingredients to autism. Although allegations have been discredited by medical, governmental, and scientific groups, anti-vaccination movements still thrive. In the last decade, exemption rates based on personal, religious, and medical beliefs have continually increased throughout the country, specifically in Oregon and California.