Omaha, NE (April 27, 2015) - One of the most dominant headlines in 2015 has to be the recent measles outbreak that began several months ago at Disneyland in Southern California. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses this outbreak and the importance of encouraging patients to immunize their children.
The measles has now spread to seven U.S. states and affected 147 people between Dec. 28, 2014, and April 17, 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this U.S.-based viral outbreak is similar to others that have occurred in 14 other countries over the past six months, so these trends are becoming more prevalent worldwide.
Many health experts have attributed the recent outbreak to a disdain from some individuals about childhood vaccinations. People who are opposed to vaccinations, dubbed "anti-vaxxers," have opted out of having their children receive vaccines before entering grade school, or delaying these shots. A portion of this group believes that vaccines are tied to neurological issues like autism due to a small 1998 study that has since been discredited by the medical community.
Results of the poll
However, the consensus across the U.S. is that most Americans have reassessed routine childhood vaccinations and come to the conclusion that vaccines are safe, according to a March 2015 HealthDay/Harris poll. According to a press release associated with the findings, 87 percent of individuals believed that childhood vaccines were safe, which is up 10 percent from a poll that was conducted in July 2014.
"I think the measles outbreak is causing some people to re-examine their 'facts' about childhood vaccinations," Dr. Aaron Glatt, a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, explained.
The HealthDay results are similar to a Pew Research Center poll released in February 2015 that indicated 83 percent of the public believes vaccines for diseases like measles, mumps and rubella are safe. However, nearly one in 10 Americans believes that these same vaccines are not safe. Many demographics and partisan groups agreed that the vaccines posed no threat. However, less educated individuals and young adults were more likely than others to say that MMR vaccines are not safe.
Read the full article for more on the skepticism of vaccinations in children.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.