Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks are occurring more often in the United States, but so is state legislation tailored to increase childhood vaccination levels, according to a 7-year analysis published yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics.
In 2018, the same research group published a study showing that, despite rising numbers of proposed antivaccine laws, pro-vaccine bills were more likely to become law. For the current study, the team looked at how health data might affect laws.
The new findings come following a surge of measles activity in the United States this year, mostly fueled by a few large outbreaks that nearly cost the nation the measles elimination status that it achieved in 2000.
Illness trends and ensuing legislation