Rosalynn Carter calls for increased vaccinations

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the co-founder of Every Child By Two, a nonp-rofit that promotes infant vaccinations, recently spoke about the resurgence of measles in the United States and what parents should do to help.

During her time in Georgia’s governor’s mansion, and later while in the White House, Carter helped lead a campaign to pass laws requiring children to be fully vaccinated before entering school. Now, as the United States is dealing with its largest measles outbreak in 15 years, Carter is calling on parents to help, according to USA Today.

"It would be great if we could get parents all over the country talking to their friends and neighbors, just talking about the situation and how some babies are not being immunized," Carter said at the 20th anniversary of Every Child By Two in Washington, USA Today reports. "It's one of the best possible things you can do for a child. To have babies suffer unnecessarily, it's just so sad. I know people who don't have their babies immunized think they're doing it for the good of the child. But the good of the child is to not have these terrible diseases."

Although only one percent of U.S. children have not been administered any vaccinations, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics showed that one in 10 families have selectively delayed or avoided important shots.

"Those who don't vaccinate are clustered in hot spots across the country, where epidemics could break out at any minute," Carter said, USA Today reports. "Parents need to know these vaccines are safe."