Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - California health officials have reported 21 cases of the measles in Orange County with 7 of those cases being hospitalized. With this small outbreak in California, Wyoming state epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says that there have been no reported cases of measles in the state this year. In fact, the last reported measles case in Wyoming occurred in 2010 and that single case has been the only reported case in the last decade.
Dr. Murphy says that measles in the United States generally gets spread from someone who has traveled internationally, picked up the disease there and then brought it back where it spreads to those people who are unvaccinated.
There is a great debate out there about whether or not to vaccinate your children, but Dr. Murphy encourages everyone to get vaccinated because the benefits far outweigh the risks. He says that, "the most common reason people give for not wanting to get vaccinated as far as adverse effects was the fear of autism, but science has pretty strongly refuted that. There is no link between autism and vaccines."
Dr. Murphy says that if you are hesitant or unsure about whether to get yourself or your children vaccinated to contact your local physician to get educated about the benefits of vaccination.