"They need to get the shotguns, the vaccinations are so important, what's really going on now, they need to get their shots," Trump said Friday in John Jones at CNN, when they asked him what his message was to parents.
The number of measles cases in the United States exceeded the highest number of records after the disease was declared nationwide in 2000.
As of Monday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 626 individual cases of measles confirmed in these 22 countries. This includes diseases reported by the state health services to the CDC by April 19th and therefore does not include cases reported since then. On Wednesday morning, CNN data analysis from state and local health departments put the total number of cases in 681 in 22 countries.
The UNICEF study showed that measles deaths increased by 22% in 2017, and self-satisfaction and fear of vaccines were among the factors that led to fewer vaccinations.
A recently published study to monitor the health of over 650,000 children showed that the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered risky for the disorder and did not activate it for those who were.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no connection between vaccines and autism, Trump publicly stated over the past decade that he is skeptical of vaccinations for children.
During the republican presidential debate on CNN for 2015, Trump told Jake Tapper of CNN that he was in favor of "smaller doses (of vaccination) over a longer period of time."
"Autism became an epidemic. 25 years ago, 35 years ago, you see the statistics and not even closed. It's completely out of control. I'm generally in favor of the vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time "Trump said.
"Because you are taking a baby – and I've seen it – and I've seen it, and my kids have been taking care of me for a long time, for a period of two or three years the same exact amount, but you take this little nice baby and pump – I mean, it looks like it was designed for a horse, not a child, and we had so many examples, people working for me. "
Trump first looked at the Twitter question in 2012.
"Massive combined inoculations for young children cause a major increase in autism," he said claims
He made a similar argument in 2014, tweeting: "A healthy little kid goes to a doctor, engages in massively shooting many vaccines, does not feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!"
Vaccine skeptics are linked to Trump's presidential campaign and his administration.
In 2018, the top official of the Veterans Affairs Department named after Thierry Vershchor was subjected to fire for spreading conspiracy theories. Between one of his social media posts, he shared a list of 35 reasons to vote for Trump, in which Trump warned America about the "dangers" of vaccines.
Darla Blake, the wife of former White House communications chief Bill Shin, advocated anti-vaccination for years. While Bill Sheen was at the White House, Darla Shin called for the return of childhood diseases such as measles, which she claims to increase immunity and "keep you healthy and fight cancer."
During the presidential transition in 2017, Trump met with Robert Kennedy Jr., a skeptic of the vaccine. Kennedy told reporters that Trump had asked him to run a committee on "the safety of vaccination and scientific integrity". However, Trump's team denied that he had appointed Kennedy to charge the charge. By February 2017, Kennedy told the media that the talks had been wasted.
CNN Dougald McConnell, Dr. Edith Braco-Sanchez, Jacqueline Howard, and Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report.