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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...

    Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

    A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station. The woman's death was the first from measles in the U....

    First U.S. measles death reported since 2003 in Washington state

    Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring — the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday. The case wasn't related to a recent measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and...

    Measles death in Washington state is first in U.S. in 12 years

    Measles death in Washington state is first in U.S. in 12 years
    Measles led to the death of a Washington state woman this spring, marking the first time in 12 years someone in the United States has been killed as a result of the disease, public health officials said. The Clallam County woman died in April of...