TOLEDO The number of measles cases across the country continues to rise. As of this week, 764 people have contracted the virus in 23 states. Health officials say it's really only a matter of time before we start to see cases here in Ohio because there have been outbreaks just to our north in Oakland and Washtenaw counties. Those who have been infected range in age from 8 months to 63 years and those hit by the virus by in large have not been vaccinated.
Most parents vaccinate their kids and have no fears over the move. But there are parents who do not agree that the vaccines are safe. ProMedica Dr. Jacob Maciejewski is a pediatrician and says his office will treat a child for 6-months to answer any questions they might have. "Vaccines are safe, long term effects are non-existent," says Maciejewski. Dr. Maciejewski says his office prefers patients to start getting vaccines right away but they will work with parents who have questions, however they will not treat an unvaccinated child after the age of 6-months because of the risk it poses to other children. "Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man. If a child is unvaccinated, and walks into that waiting room with measles a baby is going to get it because they're not old enough for protection."
Dr. Maciejewski says that goes for other vaccine preventable illnesses. "I've seen kids who've had pneumococcal meningitis, and I've done chest compression's on little ones who've had meningitis in-sepsis as well. It's scary."