ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The recent measles outbreak has brought the debate over vaccinations to the forefront.
In Missouri, parents can avoid vaccinating their children if they cite religious beliefs, a medical condition, or fill out a form stating it is against their beliefs.
Avoiding the vaccine is more difficult in Illinois because stating it is against a belief is not a valid reason to not vaccinate in the state.
In the past 15 years there have been six times where there have been more than 100 cases of measles throughout the U.S.
“Unfortunately as we know vaccination rates fall in areas, there can continue to be outbreaks,” Dr. Rachel Orscheln, a Washington University pediatrician, said. “Last year, there was the largest number of cases reported in the U.S. with over 600 cases.”
So far in 2015 there are more than 100 cases of measles reported.
Pediatricians say it is next to impossible to get measles if you have had the two-shot vaccine. The vaccine lasts a lifetime.