Friday, August 30, 2013

Measles Outbreak Puts the Spotlight on Vaccination

The measles outbreak in North Texas has reinforced how important vaccinations are — and how one unvaccinated person can cause a community to be stricken with a preventable disease. At least 21 people in North Texas have the measles because some members of the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark didn’t have their children vaccinated.

The measles outbreak has been the focus of national news stories all week, bringing attention to the efforts of the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) in partnership with Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program.

Terri Andrews, ICTC chair and TMA Alliance member, said “The outbreak reminds us just how effective vaccinations are to prevent disease. Vaccines work.” Terri and other ICTC volunteers have worked hard to ensure Tarrant County stays healthy. ICTC vaccinated 4,400 children in August alone. And, since 1991, the coalition has vaccinated more than 90,000 children in their community.

TMA’s Be Wise ― Immunize program, of which ICTC is a collaborator, has given more than 237,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004.

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Read and Watch News Coverage
Outbreaks Make a Case for Vaccinations - The New York Times
Texas Megachurch At Center Of Measles Outbreak - NPR
In Texas and beyond, hot spots for vaccine refusers alarm officials - NBC News
Measles outbreak linked to megachurch CNN News
Measles outbreak strikes North Texas NBC Nightly News 
Megachurch at epicenter of measles resurgenceToday Show

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