Andy Murray said on Tuesday that athletes need to take some responsibility for getting the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination to avoid getting the disease. “I’m a big believer that you have a responsibility as an athlete to play sport in a safe and controlled environment,” Murray said in a press conference on Tuesday after failing to make it past the quarter-finals at this year’s U.S. Open.
Murray isn’t the only pro athlete who has come out and said that it was his responsibility to get the vaccinations given that he’s at high risk of getting one of these diseases. Whooping cough and measles have seen a spike this year, with overall cases up 10 percent across the country.
It has also been revealed that a total of 3,236 cases of measles had been confirmed across 37 states this year from January to September, compared to only 759 total cases this time last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an especially concerning trend, cases are reported in younger and younger children — under the age of 10.
Report: Nearly 500 cases of whooping cough diagnosed in New York state since Jan.