107 Measles Cases Confirmed; Kaiser Calls About Susceptible Kids
There are now at least 107 cases of measles in eight states and Mexico, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.
Officials on Friday said there are 91 cases in California, 58 of which can be linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December 2014.
According to "L.A. Now," 10 California counties have confirmed measles cases, with the most reported in:
- Orange County, with 27 cases;
- Los Angeles County, with 21 cases; and
- San Diego County, with 13 cases.
Meanwhile, cases outside of the state that can be linked back to California include:
- Five in Arizona;
- Three in Utah;
- Two in Washington and Mexico; and
- One each in Michigan, Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska (Xia, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 1/30).
Kaiser Notifying Parents of Under-Immunized Kids
In related news, Kaiser Permanente has begun notifying parents of children whose records show they have been under-immunized, Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reports.
Calls in English and Spanish are going out to families with children who have not received two doses of the vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella (Moffitt, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 2/2).
Obama Urges Parents to Vaccinate Children
Meanwhile, President Obama on Sunday urged parents to vaccinate their children, the AP/Los Angeles Times' "Politics Now" reports.
Obama said that unvaccinated children are putting infants and other individuals who cannot get vaccinated at unnecessary risk.
"I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations," he said. However, he added, "The science is ... pretty indisputable" ("Politics Now," AP/Los Angeles Times, 2/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.