Pretty much what would be expected. Measles cases skyrocket.
At least 1,241 people — many of them school-aged children — contracted the viral infection across 31 states so far this year, according to the latest count by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which called it the highest number of reported cases in nearly a generation.
The rise comes amid increased demand for vaccine exemptions as parents, some dubious of government control or worried about the now-debunked link between immunization and autism, seek to opt their children out of the mandatory shot schedule.
And it isn’t just that “if I vaccinate my kids, I’m OK” because for 3% of the population, the measles vaccine fails. In general, that number is small enough that they would be protected by a more completely vaccinated population.
Affects of measles can include permanent hearing loss, permanent brain-damage and death.