Measles infections soar, doctors urge vaccinations

Measles infections soar, doctors urge vaccinations
Dr. Bruce Smith
Dr. Bruce Smith

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to the CDC measles infections in the U.S. have jumped significantly, over 600 cases were recorded just last year. And with the recent outbreak from Disneyland California, doctors are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated.

The huge attraction draws in thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world. Now, 26 cases are being worked on in four states including Colorado and Washington after discovering connections to the park.

Some of the symptoms include cough, runny nose, fever, or watery eyes, these typically show one to two weeks after being exposed. Then roughly 48 hours later a rash develops.

In 2000 the measles were said to be eliminated (absence of continuous disease transmission for more than 1 year) from the U.S. after several health organizations implemented two doses of MMR vaccines for school aged children. One is recommended at 12 months of age and the other at age 4.

Dr. Bruce Smith of Southwest Georgia Pediatrics says the increase in cases may be linked to the growing number of parents who have adopted anti-vaccine He says the idea that vaccines trigger autism have been proved false by scientists.

"More and more people have irrational fears about our vaccine programs," Dr. Smith said.

Dr. Smith says although measles is a disease children are susceptible to, adults can contract them as well.

"But then parents even grandparents are likely to get it if they hold their grandchildren or play with their grandchildren. So, yeah adults can get these illnesses too if it keeps going like this," Dr. Smith continued. "So what we want is for the parents to do the right thing and get their vaccinations when they are scheduled."

There have not been any known cases in Georgia but health professionals still want you to be get the shots necessary to ensure your child's health.

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