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Doctors seeing increase in preventable diseases

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Getting shots is a routine many parents have gone through for their children, but health officials are seeing a certain anti-vaccine movement.

"Just a drop in the immunization rate to a certain point and then we start having a lot of diseases," said pediatrician Dr. Martin Glover.

Nationwide there has been an increase of whooping cough, mumps, and measles.

According to the CDC, from January to August of this year 593 people in the United States were diagnosed with measles. The CDC reports that is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the US in 2000.

"Diseases are still out there," Glover said. "We don't see polio in this country, but there is a lot of it in third world countries. As we know because of this Ebola outbreak, polio is only a plane ride away from the United States."

"It really is a public health responsibility, as well as, protecting your own child," Glover said.

Sandie Manscill is the Health Services Coordinator for Autauga County Schools. She says in Autauga County, like every school district, they check for blue cards to prove children have been vaccinated.

However, the state does allow parents to opt out either for medical purposes or religious reasons. Doctors warn though not only are parents putting their child at risk but everyone else around them.

"Some of these diseases that haven't been seen for years are going to start being seen. Then we are going to have some of the conditions that we had back in the 17 and 1800's," Manscill said. "Other children in the schools that may have a weakened immune system or had a heart transplant or something like that, it can affect them."

Health officials say one of the reasons for this resistance to vaccines is because of a study conducted more than 10 years ago where the doctor claimed certain shots lead to autism. However, recently that study was proven to be false.

Alabama health officials say currently they are not seeing much of an increase in parents refusing to get shots in our state.

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