President Donald Trump told parents on Friday to vaccinate their children after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the number of reported measles cases in the United States had reached a record in nearly 20 years ,
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Trump told reporters in the White House. "The vaccinations are so important. This is really about. They have to get their shots "
Since Wednesday afternoon, the CDC has confirmed 695 reported cases of measles in the US, most since the eradication of the disease in 2000. California had reported 38 measles cases on Thursday.
Recent comments by Trump are a departure from his earlier views on vaccinations.
Massively combined vaccinations for young children are the Cause of a sharp rise in autism …
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2012
Trump proposed in 2014 that vaccinations should be disseminated " over a long period of time ".
I'm not saying I do not give any vaccines, I'm just saying to give them small doses over a long period of time – not a massive dose for a child.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014
In a presidential debate in 2015, Trump supported the widely-disenchanted belief that vaccination and autism are linked and then became autism a week later diagnosed.
"You take this little beautiful baby," said Trump. "I mean, it looks like it's meant for a horse, not a kid, and we had so many cases, people working for me, only that. Another day, two years old, was a nice one Child to the vaccine and came back. A week later, she got a tremendous fever, became very, very ill and is now autistic. "
CDC officials cited the peak of measles cases as major outbreaks in Washington state and New York that began late last year. Alex Azar, Minister of Health and Human Services, published a statement on measles outbreaks and said vaccines were the only way to protect the country.