PRFM’s own Dr. Loney recently published this article via AAFP.org:
As of June 6, nearly 400 cases of measles had been reported in the United States this year. That is by far the highest total since public health officials declared the disease eradicated in this country in 2000. The 16 separate outbreaks in 20 states have led me to think a lot about the spread of vaccine-preventable illness and what I want my clinic policy to be regarding the care of unvaccinated patients.
The highest numbers of cases have been reported from California, Ohio and New York City. Back in April when California had “only” 58 reported cases (close to the yearly national average), the CDC reported that at least 11 people had been infected in doctors’ offices, hospitals or other health care settings. There also have been outbreaks of mumps, pertussis and varicella in various parts of the country in the past year, making the chances of encountering one or another of these vaccine-preventable illnesses in our practices much more likely than in prior years.