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Be Well: What Can We Learn About Measles From The Amish?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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With nearly 350 measles cases confirmed in Ohio, Morning Edition Host Rick Jackson talks with ideastream's health reporter Sarah Jane Tribble about the outbreak and the people she met covering the story. Tribble introduces Esther Yoder, an Amish woman who is getting vaccinated in hopes of protecting herself and her elderly relatives. In addition, Holmes County Health Commissioner Dr. D.J. McFadden talks why the number of people vaccinated matters.

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A young Amish couple walks their baby back to their buggy after receiving a measles vaccine. Measles vaccines ready for use at a vaccination clinic in Knox County, Ohio. Central Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the U.S. with an estimated 33,000 living in a six-county area.

Additional Information

“Measles Outbreak In Ohio Leads Amish To Reconsider Vaccines” June 24, NPR Shots by Sarah Jane Tribble

“Ohio Amish Reconsider Vaccinations Amid Measles Outbreak,” June, 24, Kaiser Health News, Sarah Jane Tribble

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides this page on measles, noting that in 2012 there were 55 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Knox County, Ohio, is the epicenter of the measles outbreak with 191 confirmed cases. The county website can be found here.

The Ohio Department of Health website, which tracks cases in all counties, is available here


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