Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Coroner encourages vaccinations after news of outbreaks

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | Views: 5538

Coroner encourages vaccinations after news of outbreaks
LACOMBE---St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston is encouraging the public to stay up-to-date on vaccinations in light of the outbreak of measles in the Pacific Northwest.

The coroner says the outbreak is a critical reminder of the importance of vaccinating children.

"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."

Additionally, a 2015 study that is being recirculated online showed that measles vaccinations reduce the risk of other childhood diseases.(To read about that study, click HERE.)

"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.

"I strongly urge parents to have their children vaccinated and encourage everyone to get a flu shot every year," Preston said. "We can prevent many outbreaks of disease with this simple, affordable and accessible medical care."