The public needs to recognize what a risk these preventable childhood illnesses can be. Sure, our ability to provide supportive care to children with serious illness has improved and maybe the rate of serious long term effects and mortality would be lower when infection occurs, but those risks would still exist. Another factor I would guess most parents wouldn’t realize is that because these childhood infections are so rare, there’s a good chance that their pediatrician or urgent care provider might initially miss the diagnosis and cause a delay in care. Although I admittedly haven’t worked with a pediatric population in years, as a physician assistant who completed training in 1995, I’ve never personally seen measles, rubella, and diphtheria, and I’m sure this is becoming a more and more common problem among providers.
by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership
I haven’t been to Disneyland since my senior year in high school, and I’ve actually never visited one of the Disney World resorts. Frankly, I never really cared for the noise, the crowds and the artificiality of the Disney parks. The fact that one of these amusement parks is now the center of an infectious disease outbreak makes my aversion even more intense.
Public health officials in California recently confirmed that an outbreak of measles in that state has been linked to the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim. Over 90 new cases of measles have been reported in California and seven neighboring states during the past two weeks, with over 50 of those cases originating in the Magic Kingdom. Most of those cases occurred among unvaccinated kids.
To put this outbreak into context, consider that in 2000…
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