Measles cases and vaccinations

In a recent CDC report, it was found that there as the highest number of recorded cases of measles in the United States since 1996. See the report here:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6020a7.htm?s_cid=mm6020a7_w

Another thing to think about in health class: vaccinations and analyzing the studies/hype/messaging/values around the vaccine “controversy”. I need to think about how to handle this situation in a way that recognizes and respects my students’ potential concerns but communicates the total importance of vaccinations not only for personal health but for building up and maintaining herd immunity, especially for our most vulnerable populations. This is an interesting opportunity to explore and model teaching potentially controversial issues in the classroom and handling them in a respectful way.

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