According to the CDC, as of April 26, 2019, 704 individual cases of the measles have been confirmed in 23 states, including Pennsylvania. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
Deb Riley, MD, infectious disease specialist at LG Health, recently blogged about the recent measles outbreak.
“Measles outbreaks occur periodically throughout the country, underscoring three things we need to keep top of mind: measles can spread quickly, complications can be serious and vaccination is important,” wrote Riley.
Through the ChildProtect program, LG Health offers free vaccines against childhood diseases to children from birth to age 18 in Lancaster County who are uninsured or who are enrolled in Medical Assistance.
To date, ChildProtect has provided over 162,000 vaccines to more than 72,000 children. ChildProtect is a free walk-in clinic, no appointment is necessary. Parents are asked only to bring up-to-date vaccine records.
The next free walk-in ChildProtect Clinic is scheduled:
Monday, May 20, 2019
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Columbia Health Center
306 N. Seventh St.
Columbia, PA 17512
ChildProtect has additional clinic sites in Lancaster County, including Bart Township Fire Company and Garden Spot Fire Rescue.
For more information, contact Natalie Oster, Health Promotion Specialist, at 717-544-3807.
As summer approaches, it is important to plan ahead to ensure students’ vaccinations are current for the next school year.
Learn more school vaccines requirements in a recent blog by Dr. Jennifer Ammons, LG Health Pediatrician.
“A schedule of routine vaccinations from birth through 6 years of age covers children for 14 potentially life-threatening diseases,” Ammons wrote. “Missing these critical vaccines can put a child at life-long risk of contracting whooping cough, measles, polio, hepatitis, and other diseases.”
If you have questions about your child’s immunizations, your health care provider can offer guidance.