Texas: Don’t Mess with Peter Hotez

Vaccine c­­ampaigns declared victory against measles, once an everyday global killer, by 2000. In Texas, it could return within the year, warns veteran vaccine developer and pro-immunization frontman Peter Hotez.

Wildly-contagious measles commands 95% immunity to avoid an epidemic. An aggressive anti-vaccine movement is piling up immunization exemptions among Texas school children—from 3,000 to almost 45,000 from 2003-2015.

Hotez’s name alone can draw a crowd at anti-vax events, but he continues to wade into a tense debate most scientists avoid, writing in Scientific American that “Texas and Washington DC could ignite reversals of global disease elimination.”

Texas Monthly

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