Two more cases of measles reported in the metro

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Two more cases of the measles have been reported in the metro. Last month it was three people in Clay County, Mo. Now, it's two more cases, but in Johnson County, Kan.

The information was released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. State officials say an adult and child are the two infected.

The two are related according to state health officials and the child was old enough to be vaccinated, but wasn't. More and more doctors are finding that's the case with many vaccinations.

"There was a chance to prevent a disease using whatever tools we have, in this case a vaccine, why would we not use it? It's completely preventable disease with vaccination," said Dr. Steve Lauer.

It's a valid argument coming from Dr. Lauer, a pediatrician with decades of experience. But it's also an argument more and more parents are choosing not to believe.

"Of course we expect them to be checking things out, reading information, checking out anything that we are going to put into their child's body they should be skeptical to begin with," explained Dr. Lauer.

But Dr. Lauer is concerned because the skepticism goes further and people read and believe information he doesn't believe is true.

"There's no evidence of any long-term side effects of these, especially around the development delays or autism cases, that's just all been debunked over and over again," said Dr. Lauer.

Autism organizations and support groups would disagree. They believe there is a correlation between the two. FOX 4 contacted several on Friday, but none was available for an interview on the subject.

The Mayo Clinic says signs of Autism that appear at the same time certain vaccines are given, like the MMR, measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, but it's simply a coincidence. Dr. Lauer agrees, but doesn't dismiss the parents of his patients. He asks them to bring their concerns. He wants parents who are engaged and asking question and who want reassurance. He says it's up to them, and hopes they make an informed decision.

"They should feel positive and good about this, the vaccines are tremendously successful and really changed the face of pediatrics and how we are able to treat patients," he said.

Health officials say anyone who may have been in contact with the two new cases in Johnson County has been made aware of the situation, and there's no threat to the general public.

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  • Logic

    Right. Because medical science is 100% perfect. There is nothing more they can possibly learn. We have reached the apex of all knowledge in medicine. Therefore, it’s just a coincidence that tens of thousands of children are getting sick after vaccines. It’s not possible, in our arrogance, that we just might not have all the information just yet. There might be a genetic predisposition. Remind me again? How far along are we in genetic research? How much do we really know yet? Barely nothing. Yet we are so confident in our perfection, that we confidently call tens of thousands of parents “delusional”. May the medical system be completely overhauled, and may all the God-complex physicians that make it up, be completely replaced. Soon.

  • Julie Fletcher

    Parents that do not immunize their children are not only putting their own children at risk but other children as well. It is really stupid when we have vaccines to prevent these diseases that can cause side effects long after the disease is gone.

    • Carrie

      How is not immunizing my child putting other children at risk? If you so strongly believe in immunization, then you should consider yours safe. And if your child isnt immunized, then your child is only going to pass it to another non- immunized child if in close contact. Measles and other childhood diseases are now treatable, they werent before, not to mention, most people were already immune when the vaccine came out anyway due to exposure. Please educate yourself before you comment.

      • Julie

        Mine are but I have a friend who has a child that has a compromised immune system and immunizations may or may not work on him. He has had them but there is always a chance that he might contract a disease. There are lots of circumstances in the world other than healthy children where vaccinations work. I am lucky that they have worked for mine. Why have your children get sick with diseases that we can prevent now with vaccinations?

  • Anne Dachel

    While doctors show little interest in regressive autism–cases where a healthy child suddenly becomes autism, parents are scared. Officially, autism has no known cause or cure. There’s nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mother whose baby was born healthy and is developing normally so that her child doesn’t also end up on the autism spectrum by age two.

    Here’s what parents know about the autism vaccine controversy:

    …neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability for vaccine damage,

    …the current vaccine schedule has more than tripled since 1983 without a single study on the cumulative effect,

    .the governments in the U.S. and in Britain have indemnified the vaccine makers and they have everything at stake in denying any link with autism,

    …each of the 20 studies used to debunk any link between vaccines and autism has been shown to have ties to the vaccine industry,

    …there are over 150 studies by well-credentialed experts showing serious risks from the current vaccination schedule,

    …autism overwhelmingly affects CHILDREN, the rate comes from studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds,

    …there is no way to prevent autism so just because your child was born healthy and is developing normally doesn’t mean he/she won’t also end up on the autism spectrum by age two,

    …in 2011, researchers announced that the federal government had compensated 83 children for vaccine injuries that included autism,

    .health officials have refused to call for a simple comparison study of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids. With more and more parents too afraid to vaccinate, the study group is out there, yet no one at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to see this study done.

    …in 2008, it was announced that medical experts at Health and Human Services had conceded the vaccine injury case of Hannah Poling, the young Georgia girl who regressed into autism immediately following routine vaccinations,


    Parents need to educate themselves.

    See the National Vaccine Information Center

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism