Almost 20 years after successfully ridding its nation of measles, the United States is at risk of losing its honorable status as the winner of the disease. The reason for this is the outbreak of the disease on September 30 last year in the state of New York, where there were 900 confirmed cases. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), citizens of Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, where outbreaks of the disease were previously recorded, could become carriers of measles.
One of the reasons for the return of a dangerous infectious disease is the spread of false information on the Internet about the dangers of measles vaccinations. Recall that in August this year, the United Kingdom lost the status of a “measles-free country” by the WHO decision.
According to WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, "misinformation about vaccines is as contagious and dangerous as the diseases against which they are intended." The saddest thing is that it spreads through social networks and, above all, in countries with an unfavorable epidemiological situation.
Given the fact that vaccination saves the lives of several million people every year, the US government intends to actively involve such influential Internet platforms as YouTube, Indiegogo, Facebook and others in the promotion of measles vaccinations.