Measles vaccination vital for our children

It probably was only a matter of time for Ohioans to become part of the

measles outbreak that has hit about half the states. For a few months, it

appeared our state might be spared involvement.

Now, it has been reported that a young adult from Stark County contracted

the disease during a visit to one of the states where measles is staging a

comeback. The last confirmed case of measles in Ohio was in 2017.

As a result of widespread immunizations, public health officials in 1992

declared measles was no longer a threat. Failure by many people to get

themselves and their children immunized resulted in the new outbreak,

which has affected more than 1,100 people in 28 states.

The new case in Ohio is a reminder to local residents of the importance of

vaccination, especially for children.

If your child has not been vaccinated against measles, get it done as soon

as possible. If you cannot afford the cost, your local health department can

help. Do it for your children–and for those with whom they come in contact.

Most parents comply with vaccinations.Why wouldn’t they? Apparently

there are those who don’t. Hence, an outbreak in spots dotting our country.

Protecting children’s–and perhaps their lives–takes priority.