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Measles outbreak has NYC doctors urging immunizations

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:47

April 9 - Doctors in New York City are urging residents to ensure that they and their children are immunized against a recent outbreak of measles. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With a measles outbreak infecting New York City, this Staten Island mother is taking no chances. Even though her son's appointment was planned ahead of his first birthday, she's getting her son the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YASSAH TARQUEH, STATEN ISLAND RESIDENT WHO TOOK HER SON FOR AN M-M-R (MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA) VACCINATION, SAYING: "Yeah, I think I feel safe, like I know he will be -- not hundred percent -- but I know it's better than nothing." Pediatrician Dr. Omar Rodriguez is one of many in the Big Apple urging residents to take precautions. Twenty-four people, including 11 children, have already contracted the disease. Rodriguez attributes the outbreak to declining vaccination numbers and foreign visitors. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OMAR RODRIGUEZ, PEDIATRICIAN, STATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, SAYING: "Measles was actually eradicated in 2000 and what that meant was that it was not native to the United States anymore. So, after that we had about 60 cases a year and that was mostly from unvaccinated immigrant population." The disease starts with a high fever. About three days later, a rash develops, which lasts approximately five days. ER doctor Robert Glatter says the key to keeping measles at bay is maintaining high vaccination rates. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT GLATTER, ATTENDING PHYSICIAN, DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, LENOX HILL HOSPITAL, SAYING: "Remember that measles is a very highly contagious viral illness. Those that are unimmunized are at about a 90 percent chance of getting the disease if they're not actively immunized." Back in Staten Island, this mother has a message for parents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YASSAH TARQUEH, STATEN ISLAND RESIDENT WHO TOOK HER SON FOR AN M-M-R (MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA) VACCINATION, SAYING: "Lot of things going around and it's very dangerous, so for them, they'd better do it, so it will help. You never know."

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Measles outbreak has NYC doctors urging immunizations

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:47