Serious risks of not being vaccinated for measles and other diseases

Infants and those who have health issues have the highest risk of catching an infectious disease

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you with information you and your family need to know about getting vaccines. If you have not been vaccinated or gotten the flu shot, you are at high risk for catching a contagious disease.

A measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in California has infected more than 50 people, ranging from 7 months to 70 years old. Now it’s spread to other western states.

Dr. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital, told 22News, “A lot of people think that conditions such as measles, you only contract them in other countries. And yet, theses types of infections can and will continue to infect people in places such as the United States.”

Infants who are too young to be vaccinated or those who have health issues have the highest risk of contracting infectious diseases. If you haven’t already, experts recommend getting your children vaccinated immediately, and to keep their medical records. If you need to call 911, get an ambulance ride, or visit a hospital, you must tell the medical staff whether or not your child has received all the recommended vaccines for his or her age.

You can contact your family doctor to make sure you and your children have the most up-to-date vaccinations.

One Greenfield resident told 22News she’s vaccinated her children and gets the flu shot every year.

“It’s not only a risk to me, it’s a public health issue,” says Armene Margosian, “and I’m afraid to expose other people if I were to become infected with something.”

Experts say any vaccine-preventable disease can strike at any time in the U.S since all diseases circulate either here or elsewhere in the world. Doctors say you should always inform your child’s school and caregivers about their vaccination status.

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