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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Update on the Measles Outbreak in Texas

By August 21, 2013

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The measles outbreak in Texas continues to grow.

The current case count is up to 10, with at least one more suspected case being investigated. The youngest is just 4-months-old.

As in most other measles outbreaks in the United States, the vast majority of those affected were not vaccinated. And like most other outbreaks, this one is linked to overseas travel. A member of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries Eagle Mountain Church who had taken a mission trip to Indonesia, Tokyo, Germany, and Paris.

Although the church is now holding free vaccination clinics for its members, you have to wonder if comments from the Pastor of Eagle Mountain Church might be encouraging members to not get their vaccines. In a recent sermon posted online, she said that "There's a knee-jerk response to things like this, because that's the health department and CDC's job, to make everyone concerned and aware about it. But I want to remind people my age, remind anyone born before 1957, that we all had measles. We all had the measles when we grew up. We all had the measles and the mumps and the chicken pox."

She goes on to say that "we take them seriously," but also that "it's not going to wipe everybody out" and to keep it in perspective.

It might be easy to lose perspective in a country where most people are vaccinated and we are removed from the age when a lot of kids died from these vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, but as this incident shows, they are still a plane ride away. And for others, just a drive away to church or a local store.

Get Educated. Get Vaccinated. Stop the Outbreaks.

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