Measles outbreak shows 'real consequences' of anti-vaccine rhetoric, Dem pollster says

The recent measles outbreak in about a dozen states is a real-world example of misinformation surrounding vaccines, Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar told Hill.TV on an episode of "What America's Thinking" that aired Thursday.

"There's also a concerted effort by people who are trying to make money off of it, and...spreading misinformation, and telling people, "Don't vaccinate your kids. It's evil government intervention, it's evil science,'" Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

"Then there's real consequences, and you see 12 states this year had an outbreak of measles," she added.

The measles outbreak in the U.S. this year has led some state lawmakers to reconsider eliminating vaccination exemptions for religious and personal beliefs that have been claimed by parents of some school-age children.

The most recent outbreaks have infected people in states like Washington and Texas that allow exemptions to vaccines for both religious and personal or philosophical beliefs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreaks are mostly connected to unvaccinated travelers bringing the disease back into the U.S. from other countries, but that outbreaks can also occur in communities where there is not a high enough percentage of people who have been vaccinated.

— Julia Manchester