Role of Vaccine Hesitancy in Measles Outbreaks
November 16, 2019 @ 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
The number of measles cases reported in the US in 2019 is expected to exceed the number of cases reported in any year since measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000. Large outbreaks of measles linked to travelers have occurred in underimmunized communities. Misinformation and mistrust regarding measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in these communities play a role in creating pockets of low immunization rates, allowing outbreaks to happen. This presentation will examine the consequences of community immunity breaking down and describe communication strategies to increase vaccine confidence and improve MMR rates.