BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–Health officials are investigating a possible case of measles in Baltimore County. The child received medical treatment in Baltimore City, which leads to a warning for parents with children who haven’t been vaccinated.
WJZ spoke to the city’s health commissioner who gave an all clear on this particular case, there’s no danger to the public, but warns of the possibility of others unless kids get their shots.
WJZ’s Pat Warren reports on the status of the case.
If there’s one case of measles you have to look for more, which is what city and county health officials are doing around the clock.
“We want to emphasize the public is not in danger by this child. This child is doing well, is in isolation and is expected to recover. However we want to take this opportunity to urge all parents and caregivers to vaccinate your children,” said Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.
It’s back to school time and health officials urge that while you’re loading up backpacks, this is something you can’t afford to ignore.
Some parents feel vaccines are risky.
“We believe that parents should have some options according to their unique child,” one parent said.
“My concern is their body can’t handle the chemicals that are in the vaccination,” another said.
A recent survey found 93% of pediatricians get at least one request a month to delay or spread out vaccines for children under two.
Warren: “What do you say to parents who fear the possible effects of the vaccine? And is there a backlash for that fear?
“We’re trying very hard to reach out to them and to educate them and to tell them it’s very important to get your child vaccinated and now’s a great time with back-to-school,” said Dr. Scott Krugman, Chief of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square. “The schools are very supportive and work well with the doctor community to say these are the laws, these are the rules, and if you don’t have your vaccines don’t come.
Free vaccinations are available at city health clinics and also tomorrow at the mayor’s Back To School Rally.
Baltimore’s Back to School Rally will be held from Noon to 3:00 pm at the War Memorial Plaza, directly in front of City Hall.