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08
50,000 Unvaccinated Kids Return To School Despite Measles Outbreak | NBC News Now


NEWS THAN ANY OTHER NEWS ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD. ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD.>>>BACK TO SCHOOL WEEKEND,>>>BACK TO SCHOOL WEEKEND, NEARLY 50,000 SCHOOLS ARE NEARLY 50,000 SCHOOLS ARE RETURNING WITH VACCINE RETURNING WITH VACCINE EXEMPTIONS. EXEMPTIONS. THEY CAN GO TO SCHOOL WITHOUT THEY CAN GO TO SCHOOL WITHOUT GETTING ALL THEIR SHOTS. GETTING ALL THEIR SHOTS. MEASLES CASES REACHED THEIR MEASLES CASES REACHED THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN 27 YEARS. HIGHEST LEVEL IN 27 YEARS. PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER ANTI-VACCINE BELIEFS ARE TO ANTI-VACCINE BELIEFS ARE TO BLAME. BLAME. WE TALKED TO A PEDIATRICIAN WHO WE TALKED TO A PEDIATRICIAN WHO HAS WORKED WITH PEOPLE SKEPTICAL HAS WORKED WITH PEOPLE SKEPTICAL OF VACCINES. OF VACCINES.>>WE’RE SEEING OUT THEBREAKSBRE>>WE’RE SEEING OUT THEBREAKSBRE DISEASES, PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING DISEASES, PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING DECADES OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. DECADES OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.>>THE PROBLEM IS INFORMATION>>THE PROBLEM IS INFORMATION OVERLOAD. OVERLOAD. YOU GO ON THE INTERNET AND YOU YOU GO ON THE INTERNET AND YOU READ PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY FRINGE READ PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY FRINGE BELIEFS THAT AREN’T BACKED UP BY BELIEFS THAT AREN’T BACKED UP BY EXPERTS. EXPERTS. HOW DOES A PARENT KNOW HOW TO HOW DOES A PARENT KNOW HOW TO FILTER THROUGH THE INFORMATION? FILTER THROUGH THE INFORMATION?>>GIVE ME THE LAY OF THE LAND>>GIVE ME THE LAY OF THE LAND OF THIS AREA. OF THIS AREA. HOW COMMON IS SOME SORT OF HOW COMMON IS SOME SORT OF VACCINE — VACCINE –>>7% ENTERING KINDERGARTEN HAD>>7% ENTERING KINDERGARTEN HAD AN EXEMPTION. AN EXEMPTION.>>WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF>>WHAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY? THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY?>>WHAT WE WANT AS PEDIATRICIANS>>WHAT WE WANT AS PEDIATRICIANS IS TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN. IS TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN. THAT’S THE QUESTION. THAT’S THE QUESTION. DOES THE MMR CAUSE AUTISM? DOES THE MMR CAUSE AUTISM? STUDY AFTER STUDY SAYS THE STUDY AFTER STUDY SAYS THE CONSPIRACY CONSPIRACY ANSWER IS NO. ANSWER IS NO. WE NEED TO MOVE ON SO WE CAN WE NEED TO MOVE ON SO WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT DOES CAUSE AUTISM. FIND OUT WHAT DOES CAUSE AUTISM.>>WHAT IS IT THAT CUTS THROUGH>>WHAT IS IT THAT CUTS THROUGH TO PEOPLE? TO PEOPLE?>>TELLING STORIES.>>TELLING STORIES. WHEN I TELL THE STORY OF A WHEN I TELL THE STORY OF A FAMILY I TOOK CARE OF WHOSE BABY FAMILY I TOOK CARE OF WHOSE BABY DIED OF WHOOPING COUGH, IT’S A DIED OF WHOOPING COUGH, IT’S A REAL REACTION. REAL REACTION. I’M NOT — I’LL NEVER FORGET THE I’M NOT — I’LL NEVER FORGET THE FAMILY. FAMILY. I’LL NEVER FORGET THE ROOM THEY I’LL NEVER FORGET THE ROOM THEY WERE IN AND THAT BABY DIDN’T WERE IN AND THAT BABY DIDN’T NEED TO DIE. NEED TO DIE. IT WAS PREVENTIBLE. IT WAS PREVENTIBLE. THESE DISEASES WE TALK ABOUT ARE THESE DISEASES WE TALK ABOUT ARE NOT JUST IN A TEXTBOOK. NOT JUST IN A TEXTBOOK. IF I CAN PARTNER WITH THE IF I CAN PARTNER WITH THE PARENTS, THEY CAN SEE MY CONCERN PARENTS, THEY CAN SEE MY CONCERN IS NOT MAKING A BUCK, IT’S NOT IS NOT MAKING A BUCK, IT’S NOT DOING SOMETHING FOR BIG PHARMA. DOING SOMETHING FOR BIG PHARMA. IT’S DOING SOMETHING FOR THIS IT’S DOING SOMETHING FOR THIS CHILD, FOR THEIR CHILD THAT THEY CHILD, FOR THEIR CHILD THAT THEY CARE SO MUCH ABOUT. CARE SO MUCH ABOUT.>>WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?>>WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?>>WE LEARN TO TELL A BETTER>>WE LEARN TO TELL A BETTER STORY. STORY. WE LEARN TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE, WE LEARN TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE, WE LEARN TO LISTEN. WE LEARN TO LISTEN. WE GET OUR VACCINATION RATES WE GET OUR VACCINATION RATES BACK UP TO THE POINT WHERE WE BACK UP TO THE POINT WHERE WE STOP SEEING OUTBREAKS. STOP SEEING OUTBREAKS. WHEN WE HAVE 7.5% OF OUR KIDS IN WHEN WE HAVE 7.5% OF OUR KIDS IN THE STATE WHO HAVE A VACCINE THE STATE WHO HAVE A VACCINE EXEMPTION WE START TO SEE EXEMPTION WE START TO SEE OUTBREAKS AGAIN. OUTBREAKS AGAIN. AS MUCH AS WE’D LIKE TO ALLOW AS MUCH AS WE’D LIKE TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, PEOPLE TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN. IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN. FOR ABOUT THE LAST TEN YEARS FOR ABOUT THE LAST TEN YEARS I’VE BEEN HAVING THIS I’VE BEEN HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH MEDICAL CONVERSATION WITH MEDICAL PROVIDERS. PROVIDERS. HOW TO TALK TO FAMILIES. HOW TO TALK TO FAMILIES. HOW TO LISTEN IN A WAY THAT THE HOW TO LISTEN IN A WAY THAT THE PEOPLE FEEL HEARD. PEOPLE FEEL HEARD. THAT’S NOT TAUGHT IN MEDICAL THAT’S NOT TAUGHT IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. SCHOOL.>>IS THERE A LIGHT AT THE END>>IS THERE A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL? OF THE TUNNEL? WHERE DO YOU SEE THIS HEADING? WHERE DO YOU SEE THIS HEADING?>>MY HOPE IS PEOPLE WILL LEARN>>MY HOPE IS PEOPLE WILL LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND THEY’LL FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND THEY’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO GET MEASLES. GET MEASLES. WHICH IS A HORRIBLE THING TO WHICH IS A HORRIBLE THING TO SAY. SAY. I DIDN’T WANT WANT SOMEBODYSOMEB I DIDN’T WANT WANT SOMEBODYSOMEB MEASLES. MEASLES. I WANTED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE US I WANTED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE US THAT MEASLES WAS BAD. THAT MEASLES WAS BAD. I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO THE