Ohio measles outbreak rises to 59, March of Dimes statement

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by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The number of measles cases in Central Ohio increased by 9 since our last reportwhere health officials in the City of Columbus estimated the outbreak at 59 children 17 and younger, as of Dec. 7.

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Fifty-six of the cases were not vaccinated, while three were partially vaccinated (a single dose of MMR vaccine).

23 cases required hospitalization due to their illness, and no deaths were reported.

March of Dimes statement

The March of Dimes is worried about a serious measles outbreak in Ohiowhere health officials have reported a sharp rise in cases among unvaccinated children—mostly children 2 years of age or younger (40).

March of Dimes Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees d. David Lucky He issued the following statement in response to this new threat:

“Measles is a highly contagious disease that can pose a health risk to newborns, children and adults. The March of Dimes encourages all families to vaccinate their children against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Pregnant women with measles are at risk of developing more serious complications of the disease, in addition to an increased risk of premature birth.

Vaccines are among the most effective means of preventing infectious diseases. We know that COVID-19 has further decreased routine vaccination rates in the United States, but now is the time for all families to make sure they keep up with their vaccinations. Women considering or trying to have a baby are encouraged to protect themselves and their unborn baby by ensuring they receive their vaccinations. The MMR vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy, and can only be given before pregnancy or after childbirth.

Families are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician about routine immunizations or a visit marchofdimes.org/vaccines For more information about vaccines and links to find local providers who offer free vaccines to eligible families.



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