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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...

    Op-Ed: Government must step in for vaccinations

    When I was in medical school 20 years ago, a professor spent just five minutes talking about measles. After a brief description he simply said "you'll likely never see this in your career, thanks to immunizations." Childhood vaccines wiped out so many...

    Apodaca: Big school news: vaccination law and debate over caps on reserves

    As the grills cool and fireworks detritus is swept away from our holiday celebrations, the fifth of July is as good a time as any to take stock of some important developments involving our schools. Warranting particularly close attention is the under-...

    Opponents vow to overturn vaccination law at Santa Monica rally

    Opponents vow to overturn vaccination law at Santa Monica rally
    Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the nation's strictest mandatory vaccination bills, several hundred opponents rallied in Santa Monica on Friday and vowed to repeal it. "I am not going to stop until the truth comes out — this is...