According to figures released by health officials, measles was considered “eliminated” in the U.S. in 2000. However, thanks in part to the anti-vax movement, certain areas in the U.S. are now considered “hot spots” for the disease.
According to Newsweek, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah, are all U.S. states that have seen an upward trend in non-medical exemptions from vaccinations from 2009 to 2017.
Newsweek also stated that “non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations on the grounds of ‘philosophical belief’ has risen since 2009 in 12 of the 18 states that allow the practice.”
These figures are from a new study into the link between non-medical exemptions and the decline in actual vaccinations as a result. This study was headed by expert scientists in the field and published in PLoS ONE on Tuesday.