Let #measles2015 be the first step in healthcare using social savvy to win the #AntiVaxxer issue

A symposium was held at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today titled “Measles Rises Again: The Science and Policy of a Preventable Outbreak.” Among the speakers were retired U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser and experts at the Bloomberg School, including Neal Halsey, Daniel Salmon, Diane […]

A symposium was held at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today titled “Measles Rises Again: The Science and Policy of a Preventable Outbreak.”

Among the speakers were retired U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser and experts at the Bloomberg School, including Neal Halsey, Daniel Salmon, Diane Griffin and Josh Sharfstein.

The speakers discussed the resurgence of measles following full elimination back in 2000. With more than 600 cases last year and more than 100 people in 14 states infected since the spread at Disneyland in late-December, the issue is of utmost importance now.

The whole conversation obviously centers around vaccine safety and acceptance. People spoke out on Twitter with #measles2015 during the symposium, and Johns Hopkins documented some notable moments during the talks. If all goes well, the anti-vaxxer mentality will continue to be broken down with pure evidence and activism.