Maegan Vazquez, CNN
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(CNN) – President Donald Trump has severely strained the recent measles outbreak in the United States and seems to reverse his earlier allegations linking child vaccinations to autism ,
"You have to get the shots. The vaccinations are so important. This is really about. You need to get an idea, "Trump told Joe Johns of CNN on Friday when he was asked what his message is for the parents.
Measles cases in the United States surpass the highest ever since nationwide eradication In 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 626 individual cases of measles had been confirmed in these 22 states, as were diseases reported by public health departments by 1
Wednesday night, the CDC confirmed the milestone The agency explained that it had already counted 695 cases of the disease this year at 3:00 pm  A UNICEF study found that the number of measles mortality increased by 22% in 2017 and that complacency and fear of vaccines were among the factors leading to fewer inoculations.
A recent study on the health status of over 650,000 children found that the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered at risk and did not trigger those at risk.
Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that there is no link between vaccines and autism. Trump has publicly stated over the past decade that he is skeptical of child vaccinations.
During a presidential debate over CNN in 2015, Trump told Jake Tapper of CNN he advocated "smaller vaccinations" over a longer period of time. "
" Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, look at the statistics, not even close by. It's completely out of control. I am totally for vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time, "said Trump.
" Because you're taking a baby – and I've seen it – and I've seen it, and I've cared for my children for a long time, over a period of two or three years. Same amount, but you take this little beautiful baby and you pump – I mean, it looks like it was meant for a horse, not for a kid, and we had so many cases 'People working for me.'
Trump weighed the topic on Twitter for the first time in 2012.
"Massively combined vaccinations in toddlers are the cause of a sharp rise in autism," he claimed  Similar argument in 2014, tweeting: "A healthy child goes to the doctor, is pumped with many vaccines, does not feel good and does not change – AUTISM. Many such cases!
Vaccine effects have been linked to Trump's presidential campaign and government. In 2018, Thayer Verschoor, a high-ranking representative of the Veterans Affairs Department, came under fire for conspiracy theories. His social media posts included a list of 35 reasons Trump was voted on, including Trump, who warned America about the "dangers" of vaccines.
Darla Shine, the wife of former White House Communications chief Bill Shine, has been against vaccines for years. While Bill Shine was in the White House, Darla called Shine to bring back childhood illnesses such as measles, which she claimed to strengthen immunity and "keep you healthy and fight cancer."
During the president's transition in 2017, Trump met with Robert Kennedy Jr., a vaccine-skeptic. Kennedy told reporters that Trump had asked him to run a commission on "vaccine safety and scientific integrity." However, Trump's team denied that they had assigned Kennedy to head the prosecution. By February 2017, Kennedy told the press that the talks had ended.