Everett Clinic pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson appeared on the 4 pm KING5 News to talk about the measles outbreak at Disneyland and again on the morning Northwest Cable and KING5 News to talk about the outbreak and the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at age 12-15 months, and again at 4-6 years.
As the state of California warns families who have not been immunized to stay out of the Disneyland parks due to the mealses outbreak there, Dr. Swanson goes on KING5 to talk to parents in Washington state about how worried they should really be about measles and what they can do.
“We can take great comfort, knowing that if you’re immunized, if you’ve had one dose, or what we recommend, two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, you’re protected for a lifetime 99.9 percent of the time," Dr. Swanson said.
The number of measles cases linked back to Disneyland has risen to 70. The state of California is now encouraging families who have not been immunized to avoid the park.
A Disneyland spokeswoman says the park is still safe for those vaccinated, but several families have canceled their trips.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson shares if people should reconsider their vacations to Disneyland and ways to protect yourself if you're not vaccinated.
“Rest easy if you’re immunized, 93 percent of toddlers are in this state — the majority of us are — so this is a really safe place to live and Disney is probably a great and safe place to go if you’re up to date on your shots,” said Dr. Swanson.
Watch "Dr. Swanson: Update on Disneyland measles outbreak" on KING5 morning news.
Watch "Ask Dr. Swanson: 70 measles cases linked to Disneyland" on 4pm KING5.