Trump tells Americans measles vaccination 'so important'

Trump tells Americans measles vaccination 'so important'

President Trump urged Americans on Friday to vaccinate their kids, echoing top health officials amid USA measles outbreaks and seeming to push aside his past skepticism of the shots.

In the past, Trump has given some support to the anti-vaccination movement, claiming, for example, that heavy doses given to young infants may be linked to autism.

CDC officials attributed the spike in measles cases to large outbreaks in Washington state and NY that began late a year ago.

Mr. Trump, himself, once floated theories that align with the anti-vaxxers' thinking.

SCDHS is working with the New York State Department of Health to investigating the case, and will take appropriate action based on the findings, officials said Thursday.

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An estimated 169 million children missed out on the vital first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, according to a UNICEF report. It has gotten totally out of control.

A recently published study tracking the health of over 650,000 children found that the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered at risk for the disorder and did not trigger it in those who were.

During a 2015 Republican primary presidential debate on CNN, Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper that he was in favor of "smaller doses (of vaccinations) over a longer period of time". New York City health officials on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week. Most of the measles cases are unvaccinated children, although some adults may be at risk.

The virus remains alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

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