“It is not a failure of the vaccine,” Frieden said. “It’s a failure to vaccinate. Around 90 percent of the people who have had measles in this
country were not vaccinated either because they refused, or were not vaccinated on time.”
If 175 cases doesn’t sound like much, consider measles’ impact. It isn’t just an itchy rash; it can cause deafness and encephalitis, and
miscarriage in pregnant women. Before the measles vaccine was achieved 50 years ago, the disease killed 2.6 million people around the world every
year. Its cost to society is huge. A single importation of measles into Arizona in 2008, via an unvaccinated, infected...