SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) –According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 500 measle cases have been reported in the U.S., this year. In Iowa, there hasn’t been a case since 2011 until now.
One Siouxland resident is very familiar with the measles, she survived the virus without residual effects but some of her friends weren’t as lucky.
“I had a friend that had lost her hearing and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks because she got pneumonia from it and other friends who had babies and they were deformed,” said Diane McCurnin.
Tyler Brock, of the Siouxland District Health Department, says most measles cases are carried by people traveling in and out of the country. The department has been on heightened alert for the past few months.
“It is very infectious and can often times lead to severe infections, and it is very preventable. The vaccine works, and this is your best way of preventing yourself from getting measles,” Brock said.
Brock encourages people to protect themselves, to help protect those around them, from the highly contagious measles virus.
“Why miss out? Take it from someone who was there when there weren’t measle shots. It’s not a fun thing to have for your child. Why take a chance of them seriously getting hurt?” asked McCurnin.
The Siouxland District Health Department says it’s important for parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccinations.