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Measles confirmed in Barren River District

Thanks to the adopted program in ’63, measles isn’t endemic here; however, it is in many other countries that haven’t adopted the vaccine program.

I’m sure just about everyone has already heard of the measles case confirmed in the Barren River District, but did you brush up on learning more about the virus? Yes, virus. Measles is similar to the flu virus, in the same aspect that it is an airborne pathogen and can be transmitted through sneezing and coughing. What’s a little scary about it is, the virus is still contagious several hours after its host is gone from an area. Fortunately, those vaccinated have a 95 to 97 percent chance of NOT getting the virus. 

A young child had travelled out of the country (country unknown) where measles is endemic and after coming back to the US the unvaccinated child was confirmed to have the measles virus in the Barren River District. Those at risk here are the unfortunate children that are too young for the vaccine and the children whose parents have opted not to vaccinate their children.

There has been a spike in those parents denying their children the vaccinations out of a fear these vaccines are causing other health problems, such as autism. Studies have proven there is no correlation or link between the two. These unsubstantiated claims have frightened parents into believing taking a chance and denying vaccinations is a safer route. 

       In 1963 the measles program was started here in the US. Beforehand, approximately 3 to 4 million people became infected with measles each year in the US. The CDC received reports of an estimated 500,000 cases; 400 to 500 reportedly died, and 48,000 were hospitalized. Lastly, 1,000 cases were reported to have developed encephalitis (swelling of the brain.) Since then, there has been a 99 percent reduction in measles cases, all according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

       Health Departments all over want to stress the absolute importance of vaccinating your children.

       Here’s a little food for thought: 

“There are select numbers of people who believe the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine has caused a rise in children with autism. We have only, within the last couple decades, began diagnosing children with autism. To me, it only seems logical that autism could’ve been affecting children at the same rate before the vaccines as it is now; however, the difference now is increased awareness of autism. If no link is being found to relate the two, it only seems logical that vaccines are not causing autism.”

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