Since the measles outbreak began last fall, the health authorities have embarked on a sweeping and exhaustive campaign, repeatedly urging people to get vaccinated and fighting the spread of misinformation.
In the face of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, some have alleged religious exemptions have been abused by ``anti-vaxxers'' who believe vaccines are harmful despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Los Angeles is the latest metropolitan area to be hit by measles. On Wednesday, federal health officials said the number of measles cases in the US had risen to 695, the highest annual number recorded since the disease was declared “eliminated” in the country in 2000.
India, with its large annual birth cohort of 25 million, is followed by Pakistan and Indonesia - 1.2 million each, and Ethiopia 1.1 million, it said, adding that the situation is "critical" in low and middle-income countries.
If you think your child is showing any symptoms of measles, you should consult a paediatrician or a general physician immediately. Since this is a contagious disease, parents must ask if the doctor can visit your child at home. A measles infection can last for several weeks.
Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates.
Jewish leaders say that anti-vaccine messaging spreads through grass-roots activism and has found a foothold largely because many Hasidim have limited access to the internet or rigorous scientific research