Measles Cases Hit Record High, Numbers Continue Growing - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

Measles Cases Hit Record High, Numbers Continue Growing

Posted: Updated:
Eighteen states have reported cases of the measles. Oklahoma is not one, yet. Eighteen states have reported cases of the measles. Oklahoma is not one, yet.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Cases of the measles have hit a record high, and the number continues to grow.

Some medical experts blame the cause of the outbreak on anti-vaccination groups, while all-natural doctors say otherwise.

Eighteen states have reported cases of the measles. Oklahoma is not one, yet.

Doctors at OU Med fear if the current trend continues, the sooner state is likely to be next.

"That and chicken pox are two of the most infectious illnesses," said Chief of Pediatric Infections Diseases, Dr. Robert Welliver. "You sit across from someone like this for 15-20 minutes, you're probably going to get it."

Dr. Welliver points to history on the argument against vaccines.

The history is from the National Vaccine Information Center, which reports, in 1960, three years before the first measles vaccine, there were 380 recorded deaths from measles. Now it's an average of one death per year.

"It's a shame people don't learn from history, and there will be more and more outbreaks," Dr. Welliver said.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms 334 reported cases in the last five months, the most since measles was deemed eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.

"I thought it was normal to just go to the doctor, get a pill and then I got mad," Naturopathic Doctor Tracey McLaughlin said.

Dr. McLaughlin does not believe in vaccines and prescribes her patients with all natural vitamins and substances to impact what she calls the core of the issue, a depleted immune system.

"When something is wrong, your body is out of balance," Dr. McLaughlin said.

Her stance is based on the side effects of the vaccine which, according to the Vaccine Information Center, has caused about 842 injuries and 56 deaths.

Dr. Welliver trusts the benefits are greater than the risks and hopes people do get vaccinated.

Dr. McLaughlin just wants patients to give her 30 days.

"Talk to my patients...proof is in the pudding," Dr. McLaughlin said.

"To us, it's black and white," said Dr. Welliver. "You get vaccinated, and it's safer."

One of the largest measles outbreaks is in an Amish community of Ohio.

After a missions trip to the Philippines, the group brought back the disease.

Since the outbreak, reports say other Amish community members have now been vaccinated.

OU Medical Center confirms there is an abundance of the vaccine, and you want to get it twice.

For more information on the all-natural route, visit The Natural Doctor Wellness Clinic online.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.