Community Health Task 2

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Measles
Amy Gann
Western Governor’s University
RN-MSN Student ID# 000379988

In the United States we are very fortunate. For the most part we do not live in fear of disease outbreaks from day to day. Our government along with the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health Departments have managed to have adults and children vaccinated and set up recommendations regarding those vaccinations. Despite all that is done our country allows freedoms. One of these freedoms is to not vaccinate your child from communicable diseases due to personal beliefs. With the worlds populations becoming more mobile, that sets your child up for dangerous encounters; because some countries are not as strict on laws regarding vaccinations and some have none. Such was the case when in December 2014 when millions of people visited what was meant to be “The Happiest place in the world”, Disneyland and Disney Adventure Park and were potentially exposed to the Measles virus. “On January 5, 2015, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified about a suspected measles case. The patient was a hospitalized, unvaccinated child, aged 11 years with rash onset on December 28. The only notable travel history during the exposure period was a visit to one of two adjacent Disney theme parks located in Orange County, California. On the same day, CDPH received reports of four additional suspected measles cases in California residents and two in Utah residents, all of whom reported visiting one or both Disney theme parks during December 17–20. By January 7, seven California measles cases had been confirmed” (CDC, January 7, 2015). An update on February 11, 2015 informs the public how wide spread this outbreak became when the CDC released further information. “As of February 11, a total of 125 measles cases with rash occurring during December 28, 2014–February 8, 2015, had…...

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