Across the country, persistent vaccine misinformation — like the widely-debunked myth that some types of vaccines can cause autism — has left many U.S. parents with lingering doubts about whether it’s safe to immunize their children. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control continually urge parents to make sure their kids get their shots. But even though most of the United States has high rates of vaccination, pockets of unvaccinated people can still allow diseases to spread rapidly. Federal health officials recently warned that measles, a disease that has practically been eradicated with the advance of vaccines, is making a comeback thanks to anti-vaccine beliefs.
And since 2010, whooping cough has continued to be a problem. Last year, the country faced the worst whooping cough outbreak in decades. This month, Texas is facing its own record-breaking pertussis epidemic. More.