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By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
March 28, 2019
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: immunizations   measles   epidemics   MMR   Outbreaks  

There are now 314 confirmed cases of measles in 15 states, with six states reporting measles outbreaks, according to the latest data for 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The situation is severe enough in New York's Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, that an emergency was declared effective today with 155 confirmed cases, according to the local health department.

Rockland County executive Ed Day declared the countywide state of emergency to include anyone less than 18 years of age who is unvaccinated against the measles. They are barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination.

Most of these cases (82%) are people who have not been vaccinated against measles and most are individuals aged 4 to 18 years (46%) and younger children aged 1 to 3 years (24%), many of them concentrated in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where vaccination rates are far below the average.

In neighboring New York City, as of March 27, there have been 214 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens since October. Most of these cases have also involved members of an Orthodox Jewish community. The initial child with measles was not vaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak was occurring.

Other Outbreaks:

States that have reported measles cases to the CDC besides New York are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

The six outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) reported so far this year in the United States include — along with Rockland County and New York City — the four states of California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington.

As of March 22, Washington State reports 74 cases of measles; 73 in Clark County (most in children aged 1 to 10 years; 63 not vaccinated) and one in King County (a man in his 50s who traveled to Clark County).

Texas has 14 confirmed cases of measles as of March 21 and Illinois has six cases. In California, there are seven confirmed measles cases as of March 22, including one outbreak of three cases linked to a patient with international travel.

The CDC advises anyone traveling internationally to be vaccinated against measles before leaving.

The 314 measles cases and six outbreaks reported to the CDC through March 21, 2019, compare with 372 cases and 17 outbreaks reported in all of 2018. In 2000, the CDC declared that the disease had been eliminated in the United States.

 

Atlanta is primed to experience a similar Measles outbreak as reported above due to an increasing number of families who are chosing NOT to immunize their children against Measles and other childhood diseases. Our International Airport makes importation of Measles from outside the USA a real possibility, not to mentione travel within the country to and from outbreak areas.  It is never to late to immunize yourselves and your families.

Dr. T

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
March 28, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   cdc   video   kids  

CDC launches new video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"

The CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases is launching the first video of its newest, animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work."  In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule. The first video "How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?" describes how vaccines fight germs and provide long-lasting protection against 14 serious diseases. The CDC launched two additional videos in February and March covering topics including "Vaccines and Your Baby's Immune System" and "What to Expect When Your Child is Vaccinated."
By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
March 13, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   Autism   Science  

Study of 657,461 children finds no link between vaccines and autism

 

Danish researchers followed children born over a 10-year period and found no connection between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella doesn't cause autism, according to a massive, new study. 

https://www.cnet.com/news/a-study-of-657461-children-shows-that-vaccines-do-not-cause-autism/

There have now been multiple properly executed large studies demonstrating NO causation from vaccines for autism. The science is clear! "There is nothing to fear except fear itself." Many important childhood diseases can be prevented: Most bacterial meningitis, some bacterial sepsis, some sinus and ear infecitons, Measles, german measles, mumps, chicken pox, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, cervical cancers, liver cancers, throat & mouth cancers, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria, polio, infant rotavirus vomiting & diarrhea.

If you are following the advice of nay-sayers, ask them to provide scientific studies supporting their claims of risk & injury & read it carefully.

Additional vaccine info available at;

1] www.immunize.org

2] cdc.gov/vaccines

3] healthychildren.org (use the search window)

4] https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/parents-pack

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
February 01, 2019
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Influenza   Flu   immunizations   Vaccines   flu shot   update   Urgent Care   ER  

 

Note: 2018-19 Flu Season Update
As the flu season continues, please review these reminders and updates below:

  • It is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not received a flu immunization during the current flu season.
  • Receiving a flu vaccine every year offers the best available protection against flu and has been shown to reduce illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in people of all ages. 
  • If you or someone in your family are diagnosed with a respiratory illness even though you've had a flu shot, flu test confirmed or not, the flu vaccine was effective, especially if they are  seen by a doctor and sent home with minimal treatment.
  • If you or someone in your family have flu-like symptoms that unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons, you should avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing products (such as Pepto- Bismol, Kaopectate and Alka-Seltzer, for example), which have been associated with rare but severe complications when taken by children and adolescents with flu.
  • If your child needs evaluation at a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta facility when your routine office is closed, it is better to seek care at Children’s urgent care locations as an alternative to the Emergency departments. Families can visit choa.org/locations for more specifics regarding the Urgent Care centers or use the Children’s app on their mobile phones to check wait times at the different locations.
  • Please visit these resources at choa.org/flu to learn more about influenza.

 

Dr. T

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
January 27, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines   cdc  

CDC Launches New Video Series – “How Vaccines Work” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases is excited to launch the first video of its newest, animated video series for parents, “How Vaccines Work.”

In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule. The first video describes how vaccines fight germs and provide long-lasting protection against 14 serious diseases. Watch “How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick? here.

CDC will be launching two additional videos in February and March covering topics including: “Vaccines and Your Baby’s Immune System” and “What to Expect When Your Child is Vaccinated.”

Learn more at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/childhood-vaccines.