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Measles and Child Safety

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Why are there measles outbreaks and how can they be prevented?
Air Date: 3/5/19
Duration: 21:57
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Sean O’Leary, MD
Sean OLearySean O’Leary is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, an investigator at ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science), and the Director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. Dr. O’Leary’s research focuses on prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) through understanding clinical, attitudinal and infrastructural barriers to vaccination, and developing and testing interventions to address those barriers.

Dr. O’Leary serves as the liaison to ACIP for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and is a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (the Red Book Committee) of the AAP. Prior to his infectious diseases fellowship, Dr. O’Leary was a partner in a large general pediatric practice in Fort Collins, Colorado for 8 years.
Measles and Child Safety
Measles can lead to hospitalization and death. Vaccination is the best preventative measure that can be taken to prevent spread of measles.

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It was declared as being eliminated in the United States in 2000. It was no longer circulating. Cases that appeared after 2000 were imported. Vaccination rates dipped, leading to outbreaks. A 95 percent vaccination rate in a community supports herd immunity.

Measles is extremely contagious. If you’re prone to the disease, you can contract it from across a room. It can stay in the room up to two hours after an infected person has left. Public health authorities are great about tracking outbreaks.

Listen as Dr. Sean O’Leary joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss measles, vaccinations and how they protect your child and others in the community.

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