Coroner urges vaccinations as news of outbreaks continue

Coroner urges vaccinations as news of outbreaks continue
Officials in Washington said they're seeing five new cases of the measles a day.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The St. Tammany coroner is urging parents to get their children vaccinated after news of the measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

“Last week, the governor of Washington declared a crisis situation as dozens of cases of measles were reported,” said St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston. “Just last week, an elementary school in Jefferson Parish had more than 100 reported cases of the flu or a flu-like virus. Almost all of this is preventable.”

Preston said a 2015 study that is being recirculated online showed that measles vaccinations reduce the risk of other childhood disease.

“In recent years, many parents have refused to vaccinate their children, citing a study that suggested a correlation between childhood illness immunizations and autism,” Preston said. “That study was discredited years ago, and the alleged science behind it completely debunked. Unfortunately, once such junk science is alive on the Internet, it continues to proliferate.”

Preston said he strongly urges parents to get their children vaccinated and to get their flu shots.

“We can prevent many outbreaks of disease with this simple, affordable and accessible medical care.”

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