Yuma County Health Dept. reports spike in measles vaccine

YUMA, Ariz. – The measles mumps rubella vaccine that has caused so much debate is in high demand.

“We have been receiving a lot of phone calls. They’re calling to see if they’re up to do date with their MMR,” immunization office supervisor Miriam Galindo said.

The Yuma County Health Department administered the shot almost 200 times between January 14th and February 18th. That is up from 169 during the same time period in 2014. Galindo attributes the spike to the recent outbreak that originated from Disneyland in December.

“They were concerned,” she explained. “They wanted to know if they could receive a booster, if they needed a booster. They wanted to check their records to make sure they had it, and if not, if they could come in and receive it.”

99.1% of Yuma County’s children who began kindergarten in 2012 received their measles vaccine. As for the other .9% —

“They went to the schools and they signed an exemption from saying they did not want their child to be vaccinated,” Galindo told reporter holly sweet.

The health department’s deputy director Maria Nunez says when you receive your vaccines, you protect those who can’t.

Nunez explained, “Children under one have not been vaccinated, and those are the ones who are at higher risk of getting the disease.”

She added the health department can look up shot records to see if you need a vaccine.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented by vaccination,” Nunez said.

The CDC reports 154 cases of the diseases have been confirmed just this year. None of them have been in Yuma or Imperial Counties.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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