Vaccinations are Still Vital in Protecting Mississippi’s ChildrenBy Paul Boger | Published 19 Sep 2013 09:33am |
Mississippi leads the nation when it comes to vaccinating children against whooping cough, chicken pox, and a number of other childhood diseases. That's according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
Measles is highly contagious respiratory infection that causes rashes, fevers, and a sever head cold. It was also declared eradicated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, but due to a recent movement against childhood immunization, an outbreak of Measles in Texas has Dr. Dr. Iyabode Beysolow with the Centers for Disease Control concerned.
"It is alarming, because it can change very quickly." said Beysolow. "In previous years we've seen sometimes 60 cases per year, but can change very quickly, and we do not want that to happen. That's why it is so important to control even the small outbreaks and make sure people get vaccinated." said Dr. Beysolow
Even though pockets of Measles and other childhood related illnesses are cropping up around the country, Mississippi's Health Officer, Dr. Mary Currier believes the state's high number of vaccinations will protect Mississippi children from these outbreaks.
"There are other states, right now, that are having outbreaks -- Texas, for example is having outbreaks of pertusis and of measles." Dr. Currier said. "We have very good immunization rates, and so most of our children are protected against those things." said Dr. Currier.
Dr. Timothy Quinn is a pediatrician in Ridgeland, and warns parents against becoming complacent when it comes to childhood vaccinations.
"Some of these conditions can be very harmful." said Quinn. "An example would be if a child did not get the Polio vaccine and developed polio -- Well that child could be crippled. These shots are very important, and in some cases save a child's life." said Quinn.
Mississippi has been ranked the best state in the nation for childhood immunization since 2010.
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