YUMA, Ariz. – A recent measles outbreak at Disneyland has now spread to the Phoenix area. As a neighboring city what should we be aware of when it comes to the spread of this disease? Yuma County public health officials are here to protect us and watch current disease trends.
Epidemiologist Benito Lopez with the Yuma County Public Health Department said, “Measles is highly contagious, so we want to make sure our coverage or our rate of vaccination is proper so we don’t have cases in our county.”
Vaccines are the number one defense, against preventable diseases like measles. Lopez says 90 percent of Yuma County is vaccinated. Children are normally vaccinated twice before the age of four. Lopez said, “Usually they receive the first one between age 12 and 15 months and the other one before 36.”
Yuma County public health nurse said, Rachael Baker said, “In the United States there has been a very strong campaign to help parents know the importance of getting children vaccinated.”
Yuma County public health officials say that they are informed by center for disease control for preventative measures and when to take action. Lopez said, “For now, there is no concern for us, but it’s good to be informed.”