Anti-vaccination campaigns leaves US with rise in preventable disease ‘hotspots’

A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine indicates that the growing “social movement of public health vaccine opposition” has led to an increase in measles outbreaks in the United States.
Researchers identified a number of American cities named as “hotspots” that stand out as vulnerable to the disease, due to the elevated number of citizens who choose nonmedical exemptions to vaccinating their children.
Where are they?
In their report, researchers led by Dr. Peter Hotez said that “Since 2009, the number of ‘philosophical-belief’ vaccine nonmedical exemptions has risen in 12 of the 18 states that currently allow this policy: Arkansas, Arizaon, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.”
Hotez said that with the rise in the number of kindergartners in those states who enter kindergarten without their shots, the study serves as a “wake-up call.”
He adds that “There’s a very straightforward way to fight it and that

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