Lawmakers Ask For Hearing On Measles Vaccination

February 3, 2015 1:16 PM

Lawmakers Ask For Hearing On Measles Vaccination
" DENVER (CBS4) – Lawmakers including Colorado Congresswoman Diana Degette are asking the Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a hearing on the measles outbreak and the importance of vaccinations.

The letter points out important facts regarding the recent spread in measles, which began at Disneyland in December 2014.

Although the outbreak is centered in California, “There are also several confirmed cases in Arizona, and state public health officials have warned that the outbreak has reached ‘a critical point.'”

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. The letter sites some compelling statistics, stating, “It is estimated that 90% of people exposed to the disease will be infected unless they have been vaccinated.  Since the introduction of the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, there has been a 99% reduction in the number of measles cases.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eradicated in the United States in 2000 "

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