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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2011
Maryland health officials are warning people in Catonsville, Easton and Baltimore to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles after the first case since 2009 was reported in the state. Measles has become rare because there is a vaccine that is widely used. But measles is contagious, and an infected person may have potentially exposed others from May 31 through June 5, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Measles surfaces in two stages, according to Dr. David Blythe, a state epidemiologist.
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William Chin | August 27, 2014
This month more than 50 million American children will report to our public and elementary school systems to begin another school year, bringing with them not only new books, laptops, smartphones and iPads, but also their parents' hopes and dreams for a bright and healthy future. Unfortunately - and often all too tragically - a growing percentage of students enter or return to school without the most important back to school requirement: vaccinations. These students are part of a new generation vulnerable to childhood diseases that have long since been under control but are now making a comeback due to parental misinformation and bad science.
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NEWS
By Sara Oppenheim and Sara Oppenheim,Contributing writer | January 16, 1991
Fearing even a small outbreak of highly contagious measles, health officials will offer free combination vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella to all sixth-grade students in the county.The programwill include all 10 public middle schools as well as private schoolsin the county and will begin Jan. 17.Students must have received at least one MMR shot to enter school. But health officials now recommend that children receive a second immunization, preferably during their sixth-grade year, because the early vaccination is about 95 percent effective, said Ruth Talbot, assistant director of the Howard County Bureau of Personal Health.
NEWS
By Robert C. Embry Jr | October 23, 2012
During this election cycle, it is increasingly popular in some circles to condemn government as wasteful, inefficient and incompetent. While there are thousands of federal, state and local government programs, each with its own index of success or failure, it might encourage those who believe government is a force for good to consider a number of interventions by the Baltimore City government (with federal and state assistance, in some instances)...
NEWS
August 4, 1991
A recent outbreak in Maryland, including several cases in Carroll County, has raised concern about meales.Measles is caused by a virus. Common symptoms are high fever, upper respiratory symptoms and a rash.Every child should be vaccinated at 15 months. A second measles shot is recommended at age 12. The shots are usually given as MMR -- measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.More than one-third of cases occur in people 15 years and older. People born after 1957 should receive a booster MMR shot; most of those born before 1957 are considered immune to the virus.
NEWS
By Carol Bowers and Carol Bowers,Staff writer | October 14, 1990
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.
NEWS
By CARL ROWAN | January 21, 1991
Washington. In 1983 only 1,497 cases of measles were reported in the United States. Last year, there were more than 25,000, with at least 60 deaths. Outbreaks occurred in dozens of cities.This is an inexcusable step backward, for measles is a disease that can easily be prevented. It is also yet another warning that something is tragically wrong with America's health system, especially as it serves the disadvantaged.According to a report from the federal National Vaccine Advisory Committee, half of the measles cases last year occurred among unvaccinated pre-schoolers, most of them inner-city blacks and Hispanics.
FEATURES
By Alyssa Gabbay | September 3, 1991
With approximately 27,000 cases occurring in 1990, measles is again a health problem in the United States.Baltimore has not escaped the epidemic unscathed: In 1990, there were 93 cases of measles reported in the city. This spring, however, only about 13 were reported -- a drop that Dr. John Santelli, director of School and Adolescent Health Services for Baltimore City's health department, attributes to increased parental concern.In recent years, some parents had failed to immunize their 15-month-old children against measles, mumps and rubella, as is recommended, he said.
NEWS
By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 20, 1991
A serious outbreak of measles last spring has prompted county healthofficials to urge that all middle school students receive booster vaccinations.The Anne Arundel Health Department is participating ina statewide campaign to halt an alarming increase in childhood diseases that were once considered nearly eliminated through immunizations.Last March and April, Maryland had the worst measles outbreak in more than a decade. More than 100 cases were reported in the spring, almost all linked to a wrestling tournament at Meade High School in late February.
NEWS
By Cindy Parr and Cindy Parr,Contributing writer | September 25, 1991
County health officials want adults to know: Measles aren't just forkids.Beginning today, the county is offering free vaccinations to stop an increase in measles cases that can cause serious health problems for adults.This year, officials have confirmed six cases in Carroll County -- all in people in their late teens or early 20s, said Pat Burnett, director of personal health for the Carroll County Health Department.No cases were reported last year, officials said."Each (infected person) had been vaccinated as a child.
EXPLORE
June 28, 2011
In an effort to increase the immunization rates for school-age children, the Harford County Health Department will be holding early Back-to School Immunization Clinics for uninsured and underinsured students. Each year, the Harford County Health Department holds Back-to School Immunization Clinics to help students become up-to-date with their vaccinations. This year, clinics will be on Tuesdays throughout July and August at the Edgewood office, 1321 Woodbridge Station Way. Morning and evening times are available and the public is invited to call 410-612-1774 to schedule an appointment.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2011
Maryland health officials are warning people in Catonsville, Easton and Baltimore to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles after the first case since 2009 was reported in the state. Measles has become rare because there is a vaccine that is widely used. But measles is contagious, and an infected person may have potentially exposed others from May 31 through June 5, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Measles surfaces in two stages, according to Dr. David Blythe, a state epidemiologist.
HEALTH
By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans traveling or living abroad with their children to be sure the kids are vaccinated against measles, even those as young as 6 months. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. But cases are still turning up among Americans — especially unvaccinated children — returning from overseas travel. The CDC said Thursday that 29 Americans came down with measles in the U.S. in January and February, seven of them young children.
NEWS
April 15, 2009
Measles, long a scourge of childhood before the development of effective vaccines, has practically disappeared in the United States. Today, most Americans either were vaccinated as children or got the disease before they entered school and are now immune. That's not the case for people who weren't born in this country, however, many of whom remain vulnerable. That's why health department officials are taking urgent steps to contain an outbreak of measles in Montgomery County, where four cases were reported this year.
NEWS
August 27, 2008
Vaccine is critical to controlling measles Recent outbreaks of measles in the United States are related to the increasing number of parents who fail to vaccinate their children ("Measles cases at 12-year high," Aug. 22). Whether for religious or philosophical reasons, these parents put their children, as well as others, at unnecessary risk. My 4-year-old daughter is unable to be vaccinated against measles as a result of a medical condition. She and others like her depend on the rest of our community not to pass along this avoidable, potentially devastating disease.
NEWS
By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | August 22, 2008
Faced with the highest number of measles cases in a dozen years, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning parents to vaccinate their children to ward off further outbreaks. From January through July, 131 measles cases have been identified in 15 states and the District of Columbia - the most since 1996, the CDC announced yesterday. About half of the cases involve children whose parents refused to vaccinate them for religious or philosophical reasons. No cases have been detected in Maryland.
NEWS
By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Staff writer | April 21, 1991
A statewide outbreak of measles that has been traced to a wrestler at Oakland Mills High School has prompted screenings and re-inoculations at area middle and high schools.Approximately 110 cases, including 20 in Howard County, have been reported in the state since the initial outbreak began and are all linked to the athlete, said officials at the Maryland Department of Health. Statewide cases reported in seven of the 11 years since 1981 were well under 20 per year.Two weeks after the senior developed symptoms in late February, students at 12 schools in five counties came down with measles.
NEWS
By Mark Bomster and Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
Ask a 7-year-old what a measles shot feels like, and this is what you hear:"Like a little pinch," said Nishan Gugsa, who got her booster shot at a special measles clinic yesterday at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School."
NEWS
By Deborah L. Shelton and Deborah L. Shelton,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 2, 2008
Federal health officials warned yesterday that the U.S. could be on the verge of a major outbreak of measles, a viral disease that had been declared wiped out in this country in 2000. The official tally of measles cases between Jan. 1 and April 25 totaled 64, the highest number in six years, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Another eight were reported earlier this week among members of a single family who attended a religious conference in Washington state, the CDC said.
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