Faith Healing and Modern Medicine

Thousands of Americans choose faith healings over medical intervention every day, for themselves and for their children. When does a country that prides itself on freedom of religion declare that public health trumps personal belief?

Sick boy
Before the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, more than 500 people would die every year from the disease. Due to a highly effective vaccine, the United States eliminated measles in 2000—so why, in 2015, was there a measles outbreak that sickened more than 100 people?
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