September 30, 2014

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Lorain County immune to Ohio measles outbreak so far

The MMR II combination vaccine, administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella, is available at the Elyria Health Department. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The MMR II combination vaccine, administered to prevent measles, mumps and rubella, is available at the Elyria Health Department. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

With few people who opt out of preventive vaccinations for moral or religious beliefs, Lorain County has not seen any cases of measles this year and likely won’t, local health officials say.

But Ohio’s 341 cases, which have greatly contributed to the largest measles outbreak in this country since 1994, should serve as a wake-up call to everyone that keeping up with recommended vaccinations remains important, they said.

“We always push vaccinations and for good reasons,” said Kathy Boylan, health commissioner for both the Elyria Health District and Lorain City Health Department. “This is a reminder that there is a real health reason for vaccinations. No one who has contracted measles in this outbreak had been previously vaccinated. Clearly that is a sign that preventive vaccinations are the deciding factor.”

The recent spread of measles into Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Highland, Holmes, Knox, Richland, Stark and Wayne counties has prompted the Ohio Department of Health to encourage local public health agencies to push childhood vaccines.

In addition to measles, the state has seen an outbreak of mumps in central Ohio. There have been 432 reported cases of that particular disease.

In both outbreaks, doctors traced the source to unvaccinated persons coming in contact with carriers of the disease and subsequently spreading it to other unvaccinated persons. The age of those affected ranges from 6 months to 80, the Ohio Department of Health said.

Protection from measles and mumps as well as rubella is covered under the same vaccine known as the MMR vaccine. Given as a series of two shots, with the first given at age 1 and the next before a child goes to school, the MMR vaccine is almost 99 effective against the respective diseases.

“These diseases are very contagious, but a lot of people have the approach to something like measles like they think about chicken pox — it’s better to just get it and get it over with,” said Kathy E. Loughrie, Elyria’s director of nursing. “From a health standpoint, we believe when a vaccination is available, it’s best to take it so we can eradicate a disease.”

Loughrie said a small number of children across the city are not vaccinated.

Immunization clinics in Elyria take place twice a month. There is a walk-in clinic 8:30 to 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month and a clinic by appointment only 1 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Elyria Health District, 202 Chestnut St.

The Lorain County Health Department has a schedule of clinics on Loraincountyhealth.com.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


  • Barbara Ann Fairall

    Blah…blah…blah…this sounds all too familiar with something Grace said…lets hide behind the safety forces so we can get this increase…i said it before and ill say it again..too much emphasis was put on the tax renewal…the other shoe is dropping….we were being greased to accept a tax increase later….listen and listen good…NO NEW TAXES YOUR CONSTITUENTS CANNOT TAKE ANY MORE TAXATION FOR YOUR COMFORT!

    • luvmytoaster

      Great post but it’s on the wrong page…..

      • Barbara Ann Fairall

        Sorry…i thought i was on the other story while posting…my mistake

        • luvmytoaster

          No problem, I was just letting you know! The him or her below is just an idiot.

    • TruthWhisperer

      What does this have to do with Measles?

      Easy on that Tea Party Juice

    • Starryeyes63

      Pay no attention to the idiots behind the computer. I am sure they too are perfect. Anyone can make a mistake. Either way you are right.

  • Tom

    I don’t see anything about the tax renewal. What I do see is that Lorain county is above the grade in actually immunizing our children from potentially deadly diseases. What it could also mean is that there’s no yuppy scum that think vaccinations are so last year.

    • Barbara Ann Fairall

      No i thought i was on the other story while posting, i never opened this story so i dont know how my comment didnt get posted where i was.

      • Kevin Jenkins

        Is there anything you do know?

  • Bruce Tennant

    wouldn’t be having these outbreaks if people stopped listening to noted authorities/playboy models like Jenny McCarthy who with their vast scientific knowledge campaign against vaccination

  • golfingirl

    Are these German Measles?

    Oh wait, can’t use the term “German” to describe a disease. Some may be offended by it.

    One symptom is Red Skin…..oh wait, can’t say that anymore either.

    I guess Rubella is a “safe” word.

    Vaccine works 99% of the time, but wait, can’t force people to be vaccinated anymore either.

    Guess what, don’t get the vaccine, you are on your own!

  • Barbara Ann Fairall

    My post was to go to another story, i do nit uderstand why it posted here. Sorry for the confusion.

    • Bruce Tennant

      eh …. maybe you were affected by the outbreak ,,,,, :)

    • Kevin Jenkins

      You can’t even spell. Go away.

      • Barbara Ann Fairall

        Wow…just wow…you go away…i dont have the energy or patience for you. Ignorance is bliss.

  • Starryeyes63

    At least 50,000 unaccompanied minors coming across our Southern Border, most without immunizations is going to be far worse than this.