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Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has exposed gaps in immunization against the highly infectious disease.

All told this year, 169 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia were reported sick with measles through May 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.

With the recent measles cases in mind, we asked more than 3,000 Americans about their attitudes toward vaccination in the latest NPR Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.