UR Medicine, Community Pediatricians Team Up to Encourage Vaccinations
In the wake of the measles cases that have arisen in the Rochester area over the past several weeks, pediatricians throughout the region have collaborated on a video in the hopes of spreading awareness about the benefits of vaccination.
The video, an appeal to parents who may be undecided about whether to vaccinate, includes pediatricians from Elmwood Pediatric Group, English Road Pediatrics, Genesis Pediatrics, Lewis Pediatrics, Long Pond Pediatrics, Mendon Pediatrics, Parkway Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, and UR Medicine.
“Because we haven’t seen it for a long time, people don’t necessarily understand what can happen with the measles when it goes unchecked,” said Patrick Brophy, M.D., physician-in-chief of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. “You can get encephalitis, you can get pneumonia, and you can die from it. This disease can be exquisitely severe.”
Common measles symptoms include fever, rash, runny nose, and red eyes. About 25 percent of those infected with measles will require hospitalization. Even with the best care, 1 or 2 out of every 1,000 people infected with measles will die.
The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles, with a 93 percent efficacy after one dose, and a 97 percent efficacy after two doses. Prior to the advent of the vaccine in 1963, 3 to 4 million people contracted measles every year in the United States.