SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s become a politically charged debate, whether children should be vaccinated for certain diseases including the measles.
A recent study found that 68 percent of U.S. adults say childhood vaccinations should be required, while 30 percent say parents should be able to decide. Among all age groups, young adults are more likely to say vaccinating children should be a parental choice.
Hundreds of people are being monitored after a measles outbreak that the CDC says started in Disneyland. The CDC says you have a 90 percent chance of catching measles if you’re not vaccinated and have contact with an infected person.
Baystate Medical Center’s Dr. Michael Klatte told 22News that most patients he sees opt for the vaccine. “Individuals in the state of Massachusetts, the vaccination rates range from about 90-93%, in terms of patients who should be getting those vaccines actually getting them.”
In Massachusetts you must be immunized for vaccine preventable diseases when entering public school systems. That is unless you have a medical exemption or if it conflicts with religious beliefs.