Global Health Faculty, Students Vaccination

Why are measles and mumps making a comeback in the US when vaccines are free and available?

Medical anthropologist Cameron Hay-Rollins was one of several people who sought to answer that question during a panel discussion on "Measles and Mumps: Disease Comebacks Despite Vaccine Availability" held at Miami October 9.

More than half the cases in the country's measles and mumps outbreaks this year occurred in Ohio. Among all the states, Ohio ties with West Virginia in having the lowest measles-mumps-rubella vaccination coverage. Based on research conducted by her and her students, Hay-Rollins discussed some of the changes in cultural context that lead people to refuse vaccination.

Hay-Rollins, associate professor of anthropology, was joined on the panel by Dyah Miller, coordinator, international services department, American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati – Dayton and three students from the Global Health Studies program, including ATH major Victoria Delladonna.

The Center for Disease Control has reported outbreaks of both measles and mumps this year. More than half the cases in both outbreaks occurred in Ohio. Ohio also ties with West Virginia in having the lowest measles-mumps-rubella vaccination coverage of all the states. Locally, nationally and globally, what can be done to prevent future outbreaks?

Four global health studies students will join the panel and present data for an informed discussion of why outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are continuing to occur.

Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures and Global Initiatives in partnership with the global health studies program and the American Red Cross - International Services.