Health officials are urging parents to continue to get their children vaccinated.
Public Health Nurse and Immunization Coordinator at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Jamie Heinzman says that many diseases are now preventable through vaccinations that weren’t available in the past.
"We have diseases that we have ways to treat them before kids are ever exposed to them," said Heinzman. Most of us can remember a lot of them including myself I had chickenpox as a kid and it really never seemed like a big deal when we were kids to have Chicken Pox, but Chicken Pox is actually very deadly. "
Heinzman says that if children are continuously vaccinated it is less likely that they will see an outbreak of less common diseases in the United States such as Polio, Mumps or Rubella.
" We can’t stop vaccinating against those diseases until they have been eradicated from the whole world," said Heinzman. It’s not just we have to eradicate them from the U.S. we have to eradicate them from the whole world and the only disease we have been successful doing that with is Smallpox. "
Children should start being vaccinated once they are born starting with their Hepatitis B shot and should contact their doctor to move forward with other vaccinations until they are 19 years of age. All vaccinations are continuously monitored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for safety and effectiveness. For more info or to set up an appointment you can contact the health department by phone at 740-454-9741.