Why do some people say that they vaccinate their kids?
Why do other parents say they don’t?
What are the facts behind these claims?
The truth is a little more complicated than that.
In this installment of Fox News’ The Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum explores these questions and more.
In this episode, Fox News anchor Martha MacMahon speaks with the head of the American Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Jennifer Pahl, who also serves as the director of the Vaccine Education and Research Center at Johns Hopkins University.
We discuss why many people are still not vaccinating their children and what the science says about the safety of the MMR vaccine.
Dr. Pahl explained that there are a number of myths about MMR that people tend to cling to, but they also have legitimate scientific data behind them.
For example, Dr Pahl said, “It is very likely that measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccination.
That’s the premise behind the CDC’s vaccine schedule and why they’re so optimistic about the vaccine.
They’ve found that the vaccine is safe for about 80% of all people who have the MMR.”
However, Dr Prashant Das, director of vaccine development and research at the Vaccines for Children Program at the University of California, San Francisco, said there is some data that suggests that people with a history of measles and who are already vaccinated may actually be at risk for measles.
He told Fox News that the MMR vaccines have been shown to be safe in the past.
However, Das said, there is no data yet showing that a significant number of people who were vaccinated will develop measles.
Dr Das said that, for now, the only way to be certain is to get a positive result on a vaccine test.
“There’s no way to know that you’re protected, even if you have the vaccine,” he said.
According to Dr Pahn, there are actually some very clear health benefits to MMR vaccination, which includes reducing the risk of complications for measles, mumps and rubella.
Dr Pahl explained that, among other things, “there is some evidence that people who are vaccinated are less likely to have pneumonia.
That is the second reason that MMR is recommended for children with pneumonia.”
So you are protected against it. “
When pertussus is eliminated from the airways, it’s no longer contagious.
So you are protected against it.
This is very important because whooping will continue to spread in the future.”
Dr Das added that the increased protection against pertusis from MMR vaccination has been proven, in fact, in two studies.
In one study, which followed more than 4,000 children in the U.S., the MMR vaccinated children were 20 percent less likely than the unvaccinated to develop pertussi, the bacteria that causes pertusses.
In the other study, vaccinated children had a 40 percent reduction in the number of pertussias they contracted.
“So we know that MMR protects us against pertisis,” said Dr Pahsal Das, “and it’s actually shown to protect against pertactis as well.”
The fact that the U:S.
has been able to show the MMR is effective against pertosis is not a coincidence, Dr Das said.
“It’s not a simple correlation.
It has to do with our immune systems and our immune response.”
Dr Pahl agreed.
“We know that the vaccines are very effective at preventing the virus from growing and spreading.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t need to continue to be cautious about pertussings,” she said.
Dr Pahsal Das also explained that the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on what people have been vaccinated with, and the level of protection they’ve been given.
For example, children who have been exposed to the measles, who are at high risk for contracting pertussas, have less protection against the disease.
However, if those same children have been immunized with the rubella vaccine, they’ve received more protection against measles.
Dr Prasa added that while it’s not entirely clear why, a recent study shows that the amount of protection you get against pertustussis against rubella is more than twice as good as protection against whooping.
Dr Prasar also said that the fact that measles is not contagious and MMR is the only vaccine that is proven to prevent it is also an important reason why parents should vaccinate.
“In the U., we know we have a very low incidence of measles, and we also know that a lot of people are not vaccinated,” Dr Pahu said.
“We’re very lucky that we have so much protection against other infectious diseases.
And the fact is, the virus does not just grow from the immune system.