Long Shot: Measles Spreading, Doctors Concerned

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DALLAS -- The CDC determined Measles Ground Zero was one of the parks at Disneyland.

Now, there are about 100 cases in 14 states.  There’s one confirmed case in Tarrant County, although it’s not connected to Disneyland.

The disease was virtually wiped out of the country years ago.

“The best thing we can do to prevent a measles outbreak in North Texas is to ensure that all children get their vaccines on time,” Dr. Ray Tsai, President and Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Health Pediatric Group, said.  “Measles is actually an infection that has been largely eradicated from the United States.”

Some of the symptoms can look like the flu, plus the trademark rash.

“Unfortunately, there are children who don’t get their measles vaccines on time, and as a result, this is spreading throughout California, and sporadically through other states as well,” Tsai added.

NewsFix stood by as a 4-year-old at Children’s Health Pediatric got her vaccine.  There are many parents, however, who are choosing not to vaccinate their child.  More and more doctors are saying, "no shots, no service" because of the contagious nature of this disease.

“Some pediatricians will care for children who are not vaccinated,” Dr. Damien Mitchell, a pediatrician at Forest Lane Pediatrics mentioned.  “It is our policy that we only care for children who are vaccinated. We would hate for one of our children who’s under the age of one to get a vaccine-preventable illness.”

Kids under the age of one cannot get vaccinated for the highly contagious disease.

“A second vaccine is given when children are four years old, after that vaccine, 97% of children are fully immunized,” Mitchell said.

Some parents believe that vaccines can cause autism.

“The concern about the relation to autism has been definitively disproven. The doctor who said there has actually been stripped of his medical license."

Looks like we’ve got a shot to keep a measles outbreak out of Texas.