By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief
We have all read by now, and perhaps some have experienced, children with measles in our practices thanks to the recent outbreak that seems to have started at Disneyland. But taking a family vacation to the theme park is not the only way to spread this virus into our country.
Su et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1947) remind us this week about the introduction of measles into the US in 2013 via newly-adopted children with cerebral palsy adopted from China who had gone unimmunized in both China prior to adoption and after arrival into this country. The authors explain how this might have happened and what needs to be done to prevent this kind of measles importation from occurring going forward.
This article makes for a most fascinating read, especially in light of what we have been experiencing with the surge of this virus in our country, largely in unimmunized children. Spread the word (rather than the measles) about this article especially to those who see newly arrived internationally adopted children so appropriate vaccinations such as the MMR can be administered as soon as possible to those previously unimmunized.