April 24, 1991 |
By this morning, all 717 students at Camden's Forest Hill Elementary School will have booster shots against measles. Or they will not be in class. This is Forest Hill's defense against a statewide epidemic that continues to spread, infecting more children in the first three months of this year than in any of the previous three full years. When four of Forest Hill's students came down with spots, the school district decided to take action. "You can't get into school in the first place if you haven't had your shots," said Marilyn Malony, health coordinator for the city's 33 public schools.
February 21, 1991 |
City Health officials yesterday urged Philadelphians to be judicious in deciding whether to visit one of the city's health centers to obtain a measles vaccination. Dr. Robert Sharrar, an assistant city health commissioner, said that because of widespread concern over the city's measles epidemic, district health centers have been swamped with requests for the measles vaccine. "We have limited resources, and we want to immunize the segment of the population that can most benefit from the vaccine," he said.
November 29, 1990 |
Alarmed that Philadelphia may soon be facing a measles epidemic among children, the city Health Department is ready to recommend that youngsters be vaccinated against the disease as early as six months of age, instead of waiting until the usual 15 months. Officials said yesterday that they hoped the stepped-up immunization schedule would ward off a widespread outbreak. They said they expected the recommendations to be finalized and adopted in the next 10 days. "We're clearly at the beginning of an outbreak," said Dr. Robert G. Sharrar, assistant health commissioner for disease prevention.
July 8, 1988 |
New Jersey health officials, battling a mysterious measles outbreak concentrated at high schools in Medford and Toms River, yesterday recommended reimmunizing an estimated 7,000 children and youths in Burlington and Ocean Counties. About 300 people have been diagnosed with measles during the last three months - more than 10 times the normal number for an entire year in all of New Jersey. Roughly two-thirds of those have been students at Shawnee High School in Medford Township and at Toms River High School East in Toms River, officials said.
July 15, 1988 |
The nurses insisted the shots would be practically painless. But the three Hagovsky sisters weren't buying. Chris, 16; Angie, 14, and Beth, 10, each in a T-shirt, shorts and ponytail, eyed the smiling nurses suspiciously. In unison, the reluctant trio edged forward, right hands protectively clutching the left arms that would soon serve as targets for the nurses' needles. The Medford Township sisters bared their tensed shoulders and held their breath while the nurses jabbed the transparent, blue syringes filled with the measles vaccine into their arms.
August 7, 1990 |
Some Pennsylvania seventh graders and college freshmen will get a second measles shot for free this fall as part of a national effort to quell the rise of the dangerous disease. The state Health Department should learn this month what its share of the $23.5 million immunization program will be. Every state except Alaska applied for the money, which is enough to provide 1.6 million shots, said Jim Mize, a program consultant in the Division of Immunization of the federal Centers for Disease Control.
January 18, 1991 |
A federal study reports that more than one-third of Philadelphia children do not get vaccinated on time against measles, a fact that could help explain why the city is experiencing a dramatic increase in measles among preschoolers. A survey of eight cities by the Centers for Disease Control found that vaccination rates varied dramatically from place to place - with only 50 percent of children in Jersey City vaccinated against measles by the age of 2, compared with 65 percent in Philadelphia and 90 percent in Pittsburgh.
February 14, 2015 |
State Rep. Becky Corbin (R., Chester) knows about the ravages of contagious disease. Growing up in Johnstown in the 1950s before there was a measles vaccine, Corbin was one of the many thousands of children who contracted the disease. Corbin, who said she still bears the physical scars from measles, went on to become a pharmaceutical chemist. Now as a lawmaker she is spearheading legislation to end the exemption for those who have philosophical objections to vaccines. "I worked to combat the spread of disease, and nothing has been more effective in doing so than vaccinating children," she said Friday.
April 27, 2014 |
Vaccination officially eliminated measles in the United States in 2000, but the global killer still frightens Julia Shaklee Sammons. As the medical director for infection prevention and control at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Sammons is keenly aware that international travel and parental resistance to U.S. immunization practices are renewing the threat of measles. Orange County, Calif., and New York City have had outbreaks this year, and the U.S. has had 129 confirmed cases of measles though last week - the highest for that period since 1996.