Vaccines are modern medicine's weapon against many diseases. | iStockPhoto

5 Disease Outbreaks Linked to Vaccine-Shy Parents

Measles isn't the only disease being spread in clusters of people who refuse vaccinations.

Published On 08/29/2013
12:30 PM EDT
Shown is the skin of a patient after three days of measles infection. Prior to widespread immunization, measles was common in childhood, with more than 90 percent of infants and children infected by age 12. | CDC
Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. | Centers for Disease Control
Whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious illness, especially in babies too young to be fully vaccinated. | iStockPhoto
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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. | iStockPhoto