At Alzein Pediatric Associates, you know we are dedicated to the health and well-being of every child in every family we serve. We care for your children as if they were ours, guiding them from birth through college in a life-long relationship.
That’s why the recent and continuing outbreak of measles linked to California’s Disneyland serves as a valuable opportunity to remind our families to keep all children’s vaccinations current.
Our schools, houses of worship, malls and public places are filled with those who can be at significant risk from a measles infection. Children under the age of one are especially vulnerable.
Measles is not just a simple childhood illness marked by an annoying rash. Before the vaccine was in common use, about 500 children died annually from measles. Measles can cause:
- Ear Infection
- Bronchitis, Laryngitis or Croup
- Pneumonia, which can be fatal
In pregnant women, measles can cause:
- Loss of Pregnancy
- Preterm Labor
- Low Birth Weight
The measles virus is contagious four days before symptoms appear and is transmitted via coughing, sneezing or just talking. The virus remains contagious in the air or on surfaces for hours, even after an infectious person has left the area.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement Monday that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is one of the safest and most effective vaccines given. There is absolutely no scientific data linking vaccinations to development disorders or delays.
If you have questions about your child’s vaccinations, call our offices today at 708-424-7600. We’ll double-check our records and if necessary, schedule an appointment in Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn or Orland Park to bring your child up to date.
Vaccinations are important not only to protect your child from deadly complications, but to protect everyone within our larger community. The cluster in a Palatine daycare, affecting mostly infants too young to be protected, is just tragic. For those babies and others with compromised immune systems, measles can be fatal.