"I can not tell you if your child will be successful or bad with measles, we do not want parents to run this risk," Clark said. While the majority of children who contract measles are recovering, there is also a fear of infection. Some may end up with pneumonia, major diarrhea, or swelling of the brain, Clark said.
More than 90 cases of measles have been reported in 20 states in a week, the CDC said Monday. This brings the total this year to 555, the second highest number of reported cases since federal health authorities reported eradicating measles in the United States nearly two decades ago, according to the CDC.
Measles, which is highly contagious, can live in the air for up to two hours after a person carrying it leaves the room and infects about 90% of the people who are exposed to it.
"Measles does not discriminate," he said. The Peach Handbook "is a dreadful document – they have really focused on this Jewish community for it to play on their religious beliefs."
The Orthodox Union, one of the largest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the country, even pronounced in favor of vaccines in November, claiming that the measles outbreak could have "very serious consequences".
However, it is difficult to eliminate the fear once it has been implanted in the mind of a parent.
"It is easy to poison the well in the sense that once we install fear in the mind of someone, it is very difficult to remove that fear. "said O. Leary. "Removing fear from someone's mind is a lot harder than putting it in."