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Measles Outbreak

posted Mar 21, 2014, 8:46 AM by Wyckoff Peds   [ updated Mar 21, 2014, 9:00 AM ]

New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, resulting in at least six hospitalizations, and are now warning unvaccinated individuals that they need to get their shots.

And New York isn’t the only place where measles — which was once so rare that it was virtually eradicated in the U.S. back in 2000 — is cropping up again. Within the past two months, health officials have also identified cases in the BostonSan FranciscoSan Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.

Just one case of measles can pose a huge public health threat, since it has the potential to be transmitted quickly. It can spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.   If your child is unvaccinated above the age of one year, call the office now to schedule an appointment.