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Comment & Response
July 21, 2015

Exemptions to Vaccination for Children—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;314(3):299-300. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6615

In Reply Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 almost entirely due to routine childhood immunizations. The reemergence of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is a direct consequence of parents delaying or refusing to have their children vaccinated.

It is always difficult to identify the causes of particular outbreaks, but it strains credulity to suggest that unvaccinated children did not play a part in the spread of measles infection originating in Disneyland.