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Measles and whooping cough are making a comeback in the United States. Medical experts say that's because more parents are not vaccinating their children and that has them worried.

The diseases were considered nearly eradicated until recent outbreaks.

"Very dangerous people still die from these vaccine-preventable diseases."

Steve Kutz with Washoe County Health District knows childhood vaccination is a controversial topic, but believes the benefits outweigh any possible complications. "I've seen kids on life support and I've seen kids with a sore legs, crying uncomfortable, I'd go with a child with a sore leg, uncomfortable it's far preferable."

Not everyone agrees. The internet is filled with sites condemning childhood vaccines, claiming the toxins are causing serious harm  - some of those opinions are also voiced in the documentary.

"I believe my daughter's autism, over a period of time a cumulative - environmental factors, but specifically the vaccine," says one parent in the movie.

Kutz says those claims are without any scientific basis.

"We just ask that people have an open mind and hear what is presented and check out credible, reputable sources when it comes to vaccinations."

Kutz says right now the compliance rate for childhood vaccinations in Washoe County is about 95%.

The "Invisible Threat' documentary viewing and discussion panel is being held Wednesday at 6pm at the University of Nevada in room 111 in the Center for Molecular Medicine. It's free and open to the public.

Written by Andi Guevara
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