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For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019

Dangerous Surge in Measles Cases Hits

Measles diagnoses are on the rise, which is a major cause for concern. Pender Community Hospital and Medical Clinics are tracking cases carefully, and while we haven't seen an outbreak here, providers and staff want to make sure you and your family are ready.

The recent measles outbreaks are directly related to a lack of vaccination, which is why it's essential that parents get their children vaccinated. This protects not only their own children, but babies and immuno-compromised people who cannot get vaccinated themselves.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from January 1st of this year, there have been 880 cases of measles reported in 24 states.


Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Since then, a disproved hypothesis linking vaccines to autism, along with parents exercising their rights to not vaccinate their children have led to an unvaccinated population that is more vulnerable to measles outbreaks.

While measles is still relatively rare in the United States, it is quite common aboard. People traveling to foreign countries are at risk for getting it themselves (if not vaccinated) or bringing the highly contagious disease back to the US. It's so contagious, in fact that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him will get the disease by simply being in the same space as a simple cough or sneeze from the infected patient.

Measles can cause blindness, developmental delays, and even death. And it's 100 percent preventable. Getting vaccinated is one of the best things a person can do for themselves, their children, and our community.

Pender Community Hospital and Medical Clinics are your regional measles expert. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have. If you are unsure about your or your child's vaccinations, or whether or not you are due for one, please contact us at 402-385-3033.