Vaccinate to Save Lives

As a parent you have many decisions to make – choosing a pediatrician, determining childcare, even deciding on a name can be tough. However, one decision that shouldn’t be a struggle is deciding whether or not to vaccinate.

Vaccinating your child not only protects them against measles, but also helps protect others in your community. “Measles is highly contagious, and can be deadly,” Montgomery Center for Family Medicine Pediatrician Lyle Pritchard said. “Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease and spreading it to others. “

The latest numbers from the Center for Disease Control show that since January, 169 people from 20 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. Although no cases have been reported in South Carolina yet, the disease is so contagious that if one person has it, nine out of 10 people around them will also become infected if they are not vaccinated.

Doctors encourage all parents to vaccinate their children in order to keep them, and their neighbors, safe and healthy. “At Self Regional, we encourage everyone to do their part to keep the Lakelands safe,” Pritchard said. “Vaccination saves lives.”

Talk to your child’s doctor about vaccination and any other questions you may have. If you don’t have a doctor, visit selfregional.org to find one.

Source:

Measles, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov, February 20, 2015