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Measles and Disneyland
The current measles outbreak at Disneyland in California has sparked new conversations and concerns regarding parents who chose not to vaccinate their children. The outbreak in California has spread to several surrounding states including Washington.
The physicians at Renton Pediatrics believe in the benefit of vaccinations. Our emphasis in pediatrics is prevention and vaccines play a large role in preventing many very serious, untreatable diseases. We do not have medications to treat measles, mumps, rubella, or polio. All we can do is provide supportive care if your child develops such a disease.
Parents who do not vaccinate their children benefit from all the families who do vaccinate their children. By reducing the number of cases in the community, the chance of getting the disease is reduced. When more and more people oppose vaccination, the disease thrives and spreads.
Measles is a very serious illness and highly contagious.
A thorough discussion of measles can be found on the Center for Desease Control (CDC) website: http://www.cdc.gov/measles.
Many parents are calling our office regarding upcoming trips to Disneyland with children who may be too young for the measles vaccine. Please, call our office if you have any questions in protecting your children.