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Thoughts turn to vaccine amid measles outbreak

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A nationwide measles outbreak some say is spurred by a growing number of parents not getting their children vaccinated has put emphasis on the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Dr. John D. Goldman, an infectious disease specialist with PinnacleHealth, said getting the vaccine is a must.

“The science and the data are pretty clear that the vaccines prevent disease, save lives. I think not vaccinating is a foolish thing to do,” Goldman said.

However, for some it’s open to discussion. At Om Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Camp Hill, owner Holly Keich says, “It’s not a one size fits all, children respond differently to vaccines.”

Keich supports parents doing their homework and researching a given vaccine before giving the go-ahead.

“That can include having conversations with their doctor with vaccines, the pro’s the con’s that there might be,” Keich said.

The CDC recently reported a measles outbreak surging across the county.

From the beginning of the year to April 25, the CDC said there were 154 cases reported in 14 states – including Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a case May 2, saying the disease could have spread to others in Lehigh and Monroe counties.

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