Measles making comeback as parents opt out of vaccines

Measles making comeback as parents opt out of vaccines
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A Texas medical researcher is raising concerns about a potential large-scale comeback of the measles.

Peter Hotez, Baylor College researcher, says Texas is just one of several states on the verge of a measles out-break. The main reason is because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

Immunizations are a highly debated topic. Texas state lawmakers are already working to change the trend of opting out of immunizations.

Austin Democrat Donna Howard plans to push a bill this legislative session. It would require parents to meet with a doctor before they decide not to vaccinate their children.

Last year, nearly 45,000 Texas students opted out of school-required vaccines. That’s up nine-percent from the year before.

The symptoms of measles include a fever, rash, runny nose, and red eyes. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four people who contract measles has to be hospitalized. It is dangerous for children because it can cause serious medical issues especially for anyone under the age of 5.

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