Robert Iger on Disneyland Measles Outbreak: Attendance Not Impacted
"The research that I have seen and what I have read from places like the CDC suggests that getting inoculated is a smart thing," the exec said.
In a new interview, Robert Iger addressed a recent measles outbreak at the Disneyland theme park, saying that he hasn't seen a subsequent drop in attendance at the park. He also advises parents to follow vaccination advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Disney chairman and CEO spoke with CNBC on Tuesday as the media corporation issued its quarterly earnings report.
"We really have not been able to discern any impact at all from that," Iger told interviewer Julia Boorstin, who had asked about the effect of the outbreak at Disneyland. "In fact, if you were to look at Disneyland, the quarter that we're currently in, we're up from where we were last year in both attendance and in bookings or reservations, so we just haven't seen an impact."
The exec was also asked about Disney's stance on vaccination, to which Iger responded that he is in favor.
"The research that I have seen and what I have read from places like the CDC suggests that getting inoculated is a smart thing," he said. "It's a proven strategy in terms of combating a disease that, you know, can be dangerous to young children. So I would, personally, I would advise it."
In January, according to CDC statistics, 102 cases of measles across 14 states were reported. As of Jan. 22, 42 cases could be traced back to the Disneyland outbreak in December, the California Department of Health stated.