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Children First: Measles and the MMR vaccination

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Measles were eradicated from the United States more than a decade ago, but that doesn't mean parents shouldn't stay prepared.

After a recent outbreak of 20 confirmed cases in Texas, pediatricians are reminding parents that the possibility of getting measles is still high if a child is  not vaccinated and has contact with someone infected.

"All of the outbreaks in the U.S. have been linked to travelers from outside of the country," said Dr. Maggie Kuehler.

So why do some parents choose not to get their child vaccinated?

There are probably many reasons but I big one dates back to 1998 when a British study linked Autism to the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination (MMR).

"But that study was proven false," said Dr. Kuehler.

Still, parents worry about getting bundles of vaccinations for their child, but pediatricians say it is completely safe.

"At this point in time I feel comfortable vaccinating all children with the MMR," said Dr. Kuehler.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, parents should get their child vaccinated between 12 and 15 months, and get their booster shots between the ages of four and six.

Contact your local pediatrician if you have any questions, concerns, or worried your child may have symptoms of Measles which are initially cough, runny nose, and pink eye, and later develop into a rash.

For more information about the MMR vaccination, visit the CDC's web site

 

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