Return of the measles

Tracie Andrews issue date: March 16, 2015

Real World Application

A good way for this to be put in the real world is to make sure you and your children are up to date on shots. When your sick try not to spread your sickness on another. Instead of sneezing on someone, sneeze on a tissue, cover your mouth when you talk and when you cough. Take as many precautions as possible to not spread whatever it is you have.

Supporting Details

  • 28% of measles cases in young children require hospitalization
  • If no one is vaccinated, one measles patient will, on average, infect eighteen people
  • All but two states allow exemptions to vaccination requirements for religious reasons
  • Children under five are most likely to suffer complications


The measles are returning and children are at the most risk of catching it because some parents are not allowing their child to be vaccinated. A columnist from New York Times shares his view on the problem of it being a civic obligation. A couple with a daughter at the age of five fighting cancer, believes that if other parents see the vaccination as a life and death situation maybe that would change the minds of some parents.
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