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  • Measles Outbreak: Should You Be Worried?

    Measles Outbreak: Should You Be Worried?
    You've no doubt seen the headlines: Measles Outbreak at Disneyland.  According to the CDC, the first case was reported in December and originated at Disneyland in California.  While California has the majority of cases, the highly contagious virus has spread to people in 7 other states and even Mexico.  Although Bill Gerrish, the Director of Communications at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, tells me there haven't been any cases so far in 2015, provisional numbers show there were five measles cases in Connecticut in 2014.  Symptoms of the virus begin with a fever and then move on to a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash according to the CDC.  As of today, the CDC doesn't know who the source of the Disneyland outbreak was. Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 because a high population of immunity. The virus, however, is still a problem in other parts of the world and outbreaks can occur when unvaccinated groups are exposed. In California, FOX News is reporting 30 babies are being quarantined while their families wait to see if their child gets sick, even though they were vaccinated.  And check out this story, where a California father is lobbying for his son's school to require immunization as a condition of attendance.  His 6 year old son is in remission from leukemia after 4 years of chemotherapy and his immune system isn't strong enough to get the measles vaccine yet.
  • Childhood Vaccinations

    Childhood Vaccinations
    The decision to vaccinate your children: a parents choice or public health risk? Last week, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari talked about about how she and her husband weren't vaccinating their children because she said, "I've read too many books about...

    Pediatrician presents update on measles

    Pediatrician presents update on measles
    With measles outbreaks reported in California and several other states this year, Dr. Julie Konowitz-Sirkin, Bethesda Health pediatrician, recently presented an update regarding vaccinations. "The best way to protect yourself against the measles virus...

    Commentary: It's time to make childhood vaccinations mandatory

    It was just in December that Disneyland was struck by a measles outbreak. While the source of the outbreak is not definitively known, it is thought to have been caused by an international tourist to the amusement park who was infected with the virus....

    ECC officials report how they handled measles exposure

    ECC officials report how they handled measles exposure
    After an Elgin Community College student had been diagnosed with measles in February, Director of Communication Jeff Julian said he came to work the next morning and found two TV news vans in the parking lot. "I realized this would be a suit and tie day,"...