With the start of a new school year right around the corner, this time of year parents have more than school supply and clothe shopping on their minds.
Vaccinations, measles, and student exposure, all topics that have been front runner stories in the media and health news. parents and guardians have been voicing their concerns over the disease and how to or whether or not to vaccinate their children against it. but what do the health care professionals have to say?
Melissa Montopoli is a board certified family nurse practitioner in Horseheads. she has worked with children and their families in the community for over 20 years. she and other physicians have been following the recent measles out break since it began last year.
The measles outbreak in the united states continues to grow.
a recent study by the centers for disease control shows the number of cases reached has 1,215.
It also reported more than 75% of measles cases were linked to outbreaks in New York State and New York City. So how does the vaccination work in places like in New York? And why is it so important to vaccinate as many people as possible?
When herd immunity rates go lower that’s when it is susceptible to those children who cant get it (the vaccine).
Those children are going to be most at risk from at having devastating consequences from getting those illnesses.
All the more reason why doctors and health professionals insist on getting children vaccinated at the earliest chance.