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Hundreds Oppose California's Mandatory Vaccines Proposal

As measles cases in US hit 25-year high
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2019 6:24 PM CDT
This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – As news broke Wednesday that US measles cases have hit their highest mark in 25 years, a proposed vaccine law in California was drawing massive opposition. Details:

  • Officials in hard-hit New York City on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week, in what would make this the nation's worst year for measles since 1994, with eight months still to go, the AP reports. Other states are reporting more cases, too. The US is closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines. Public health officials are worried, not just because measles can be dangerous in itself, but because its return could mean other diseases that were seemingly consigned to the past may be coming back, too. (More on that story here.)

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