Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vaccinations for Children

A recent measles outbreak has been confirmed on Oahu, stemming from a child who traveled to the Philippines without a vaccination and brought back the highly contagious disease-- measles-- that we have had a vaccination for since 1963. 

In 1962, the year before the measles vaccine was introduced, almost 500,000 cases of measles were reported in the U.S. Ten years after this there were about 32,000 cases, and ten years after that there were fewer than 2,000. In 1998 and 1999, only about 100 measles cases were reported each year, but in 2013 there was a spike in measles, with 175 confirmed cases and 20 hospitalizations according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 98% of measles patients were unvaccinated, indicating the outbreak was not a failure of a vaccine but rather failure to vaccinate. 

It's not just your child you are protecting from disease with vaccinations-- as in the case of the unvaccinated child bringing the disease back, an unvaccinated child can become highly contagious, spreading disease like wildfire to anyone who is not vaccinated or immune to the disease. 

Protect your child, and other's children by getting the proper vaccinations. Go to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control to find out more. 

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