Immunization is a medical miracle that is key to the steady progress in fighting the world’s communicable diseases. Each year immunizations prevent more than 2.5 million deaths just through vaccination against four diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and measles.
While we all may have the best of intentions, many of us fall off the wagon early in the year. Making a plan or checklist now can keep us all on track in obtaining our goal of getting or staying healthy.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is alerting people to the risk of possible measles exposure in Prince George's County. While those who have had at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine are at low risk of acquiring measles, it is highly contagious among the unvaccinated, spreading through the air due to coughing and sneezing.
The conversation around getting immunizations often gets debated in the news. Some think it is mainly for the safety of children, but it is really for everyone's safety. Being up-to-date on your immunizations is critical to protecting your health and the health of others — at any stage of life.
A Century High School student was recently diagnosed with Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, which has been confirmed by the Carroll County Health Department, according to an email sent to parents by school principal Troy Barnes Wednesday afternoon.
A growing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in Southern California has touched a nerve with health officials in Maryland and across the country who are warning about a rebound in diseases that had been rendered extremely rare.
The Anne Arundel County health department and school officials have notified residents that there has been an uptick this year in cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, particularly in school-aged children, and officials want those who are infected to stay home to stop its spread.