White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids

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Vaccinating an infant, Photo essay from a Maternal and Infantile Protection center. 4 month old baby girl. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, a local health worker administers a vaccine to a baby at a local health center at the financial district of Makati, east of Manila, Philippines. The World Health Organization and the British government are working with the Philippine Department of Health, UNICEF and a host of other partners to help deliver a month-long campaign to immunize children against Measles, Rubella, commonly known as German measles, and Polio which aims to immunize 13 million children nationwide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 5: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a Syrian child during the polio vaccination campaign organized by Syrian National Coalitions Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), Turkey's Health Ministry and Turkish Red Crescent on May 05, 2014 in Aleppo, Syria. (Photo by ACU/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 5: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a Syrian child during the polio vaccination campaign organized by Syrian National Coalitions Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), Turkey's Health Ministry and Turkish Red Crescent on May 05, 2014 in Aleppo, Syria. (Photo by ACU/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Quetta on May 12, 2014. Pakistan will set up mandatory immunisation points at airports to help stop its polio outbreak spreading abroad, officials said, though a health minister said the move played into the Taliban's hands. The World Health Organisation warned that the crippling disease has re-emerged as a public health emergency -- with the virus currently affecting 10 countries worldwide and endemic in three including Pakistan -- and urged infected nations to implement vaccine requirements for all international travel. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistan health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child in Peshawar on September 11, 2012 . Pakistan There have been 30 confirmed cases of polio in Pakistan this year according to the government, 22 of them in the Pashtun tribal areas of the northwest, bordering Afghanistan, where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have forged strongholds. Pakistan had a total of 91 polio cases last year, but the battle to convince people in the tribal areas, where education is limited and deeply conservative values hold sway, is a tough one. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED (Photo credit should read A. MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian health worker administers polio drops to a child during a vaccination campaign in Amritsar on February 7, 2010. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has achieved successes since the World Health Assembly launched the project in 1988. Although the number of polio cases in India decreased from 134 in 2004 to 66 in 2005, a dramatic increase occurred in 2006, with a total of 660 cases reported as of January 31, 2007, which accounts for a third of all new polio cases worldwide that year. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
An infant is given polio vaccine, at a camp in Keraniganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh. About 24 million children through out the country were given polio vaccines to eliminate the disease form the country on March 3, 3007. (Photo by: Majority World/UIG via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.

President Barack Obama's press secretary says the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Josh Earnest tells journalists that Obama believes vaccination decisions should be made by parents, with a bias toward good science.

About 100 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S. since last month in the second-biggest outbreak in at least 15 years. Most have been traced directly or indirectly to Disneyland in Southern California.

Earnest says federal officials are closely monitoring the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing measles.

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