Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 12:48 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 Dr. Matthew Hornik worries most about the babies and the sickest kids who come to his West Bloomfield practice, the children who can’t get vaccinated because they have other medical conditions that affect their immune systems. They are, he said, the most vulnerable in the state’s worst measles outbreak in 28 years. So far this year in Michigan, there have been 34 confirmed measles cases. Of them, 33 are in Oakland County and one case was reported in Wayne County. The last time there were this many infections was 1991, when the state reported 65 cases. Among the most recent cases is an 8-month-old baby, too young for the first dose of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is typically administered first when a child is between 12 and 15 months old and then given a second dose between ages 4 and 6. Two doses of the vaccine, health officials say, is a person’s best protection from the virus. “Those most at risk are going to be little babies and the people who are medically unable to (be vaccinated). It’s also people who are undergoing chemotherapy and immunosuppressed people,” Hornik said —… Read full this story
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