Florida residents may have heard the news about how measles may be on the rise in the United States. In fact, a number of pediatricians that may have undervalued how dangerous it is to not provide a measles vaccination to patients may be partially responsible for the number of cases that are now beginning to show. Since medical professionals believed that the virus was essentially eliminated after vaccinations were administered, there have recently been 64 confirmed cases of the disease, which could prove to be the worst period of the spread of the disease in almost two decades.
Outbreaks have appeared at Disneyland and have spread to 11 states. The pandemic has led to a major need for physicians to quickly spot the presence of measles-related symptoms and address the issue as soon as possible. This situation could prove to be difficult, however, because symptoms of the disease closely mimic the symptoms of other diseases, making it harder to spot the presence of measles. Recognizing measles at its early stage could prevent it from spreading.
Experts believe that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children could cause the virus to spread. There are many states that fall below the vaccination rate that is necessary to prevent a widespread measles outbreak. State health officials from California have also indicated that the opt-out rate has even doubled within a seven-year time period.
Since some younger pediatricians have not truly understood the dangers of not recommending measles vaccinations to their patients, it could be a primary reason why the disease is beginning to spread in the United States once again. Medical negligence lawsuits may be able to be founded upon this aspect of failing to prevent the spreading of the measles disease by suggesting vaccinations. A lawyer might be able to build a case based on a physician not administering the vaccination to a patient who later developed the illness that can have extremely serious effects.
Source: ABC News, , Liz Neporent, Jan. 28, 2015