Experts Stress Importance of Vaccines

NEW YORK -- Although a lot of people avoid them, vaccines are recommended. Experts say they can prevent viruses that could sicken people, and spread to their families and communities.

Flu, whooping cough, and measles just a few illnesses that can be prevented, if people vaccinate themselves and their children against them, doctors say.

For instance, each year, on average, about 60 people in the United States are reported to have measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But this year, experts are already seeing twice as many cases.

That could be in part because some are refusing to vaccinate their children believing that the measles, mumps, and Rubella or MMR vaccine causes Autism.

Measles can be fatal, especially in children. And before the vaccine was introduced in 1971, an average of 450 to 500 people died each year in the U.S. from measles.

There are no legitimate studies that show the MMR vaccine is linked to Autism. But still many children go unvaccinated.

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