WICHITA, Kansas – The Centers for Disease Control said that the high number of measles cases being seen across the country is due to the number of people who are not being vaccinated.
And that’s potentially putting those who can’t get vaccinated or have a compromised immune system in harm’s way.
Megan Sutton’s 4-year-old son, Eagan, has chronic eosinophilic lung disease, something that is treated by chemotherapy but almost completely erases his immune system.
Sutton said with the recent measles outbreak, her son’s life has almost been put on hold because of the fear that he might catch the virus.
One which Sutton said could potentially be fatal if Eagan were to get it.
“It can cause pneumonia and that’s something that could easily kill him, it’s not something his lungs are strong enough to recover from,” said Sutton.
While many people choose not to get vaccinated for various reasons, health department officials say the best way to keep the virus from spreading is by getting vaccinated.
If you are looking to get vaccinated, you can set up an appointment with the Sedgwick County Health Department.
The Measles hot-line number is 316-660-7424.