SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Seven measles cases reported in Florida

Florida health officials have reported seven cases of measles in Florida and doctors are recommending that parents make sure to get vaccinations for their unimmunized children.
Six of the seven recent measles cases involved unvaccinated children who had been traveling, News 4 Jax reports. The seven cases of measles so far this year in Florida are more cases than there have been in the state in close to 15 years.
"I hate to see kids get sick unnecessarily," Dr. Jeremy Harris of Memorial Hospital, said, according to News 4 Jax. "In addition to clean water, vaccination is the number one thing that you can do for your child."
According to the Florida Department of Health, immunization rates for kindergarteners have dropped nearly five percent since 1998. Harris said that those who are not vaccinated are the ones to watch out for and the more immunized children there are, the better.
"The non-vaccinated patients won't get sick if they never run into anyone who hasn't been vaccinated and hasn't been sick," Harris said, according to News 4 Jax.
Measles are a highly contagious disease and can quickly spread from one unprotected person to another. Symptoms of the virus resemble a cold at first with a high fever and then evolves into a red rash that starts on the face and moves down the entire body.