Health Agency Planning Measles Vaccinations

October 14, 1990|By Carol Bowers | Carol Bowers,Staff writer

About 1,900 sixth-graders in Harford's public schools will be immunized against measles as part of an effort to curb the measles outbreaks that have plagued the state for the past two years, county and state health officials said.

The Board of Education has not yet selected a date for the immunizations to start but wants students immunized by the end of the school year.

"One case is considered an epidemic," Thomas M. Thomas, the county health officer, told the County Council Tuesday in his annual report.

"In 1989 (Harford) had six cases and in 1990 we had five. To put that in perspective, in 1989 in all of Maryland there were 12 cases of measles. In 1990 there were 325 cases in the state," said Thomas.

Those numbers spurred the state to offer the immunizations, said Richard T. O'Neill, immunization division representative for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

However, he said the immunizations, a second dose for many children, are not required.

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