Health officials blaming the “anti-vaccine” movement for measles outbreak

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doctors are warning parents and children that the recent measles outbreak might be making its way to Kansas City sooner than they think.

Although the virus hasn't hit Kansas City yet, doctors said its just a matter of time because the virus is so contagious.

The "anti-vaccine" movement has been the blame for the measles resurgence.

The recent outbreak also raised the debate whether vaccinated children should be banned from school during an outbreak.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said it's the success of vaccines that has some parents thinking they're not necessary anymore.

"We had many people we would lose to deaths," Dr. Vivek said. "Many people who as in the case of polio, were paralyzed."

The measles vaccine was developed in 1963. Before that, nearly twice as many children died from measles than polio.



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