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Measles outbreaks on both coasts worry La Crosse doctor



More than 250 people in New York City have gotten measles since last summer.

The city has declared a public emergency, forcing several in one neighborhood to be vaccinated.

The New York case is more proof of the dangers of non-vaccination says Doctor Raj Naik with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

“These diseases will come back if we’re not vigilant in making sure that groups of people in small areas are up to date with their immunizations,”
Naik said.

Similar outbreaks have happened out west, but Naik says the possibility for an outbreak is close to La Crosse, as well

“Vernon County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state,” Naik said. “We definitely have the potential for outbreaks to occur in our area as well.”

Naik added that there’s no reason diseases like measles should be a recurring problem in these modern times. He said physicians need to be consistent with advocating for immunization providing education.

The Center for Disease Control puts the measles vaccine success rate at 97 percent.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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  1. Greg Luce

    April 10, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Find another way doc. We aren’t your guinea pigs. Go back to your 3rd world country and peddle your poison.

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