In response to the recent outbreak of measles, Guthrie Pediatric Physician Dr. Kenneth Sobel, spoke out about the importance of vaccinations to prevent the highly contagious virus.
“I know there are a lot of controversies about vaccines, which if you look at reputable medical literature and sites, there is a reason why vaccinations were made, and these things generally do well for people and they protect us and our population,” Dr. Sobel said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 700 measles cases in 22 different states have been reported so far this year.
It’s the largest number of cases reported since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
The first signs of measles begin with a fever followed by cold-like symptoms and rashes.
If the virus is left untreated, it could cause pneumonia, brain inflammation and rarely death.
Dr. Sobel strongly urges people in the area to vaccinate as he says its the only way to prevent this contagious virus.