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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS 42 Living Local) – Measles is a virus that is highly contagious and spreads very rapidly. Dr. Harveen Sodhi, a Family Medicine physician with Medical West Hoover Health Center, said “one infected person can spread (the virus) up to 90% of non-immunized people if they are just in the nearby surroundings. It spreads through the air. So if you cough, or if you sneeze, it can last up to two hours in the air or on the surface.”
Over 700 cases have been reported in America since the beginning of the year. Because Dr. Sodhi is passionate in encouraging opening dialogue about vaccinations with her patients, we asked her to weigh in on the discussion surrounding the resurgence of measles in the united states.
“It does come as a surprise that this is the highest number of reported cases since 1994. And then after that, we illuminated it. And now we’re here,” said Sodhi.
Complications from measles can be extremely dangerous, especially in children. That is why Dr. Sodhi says prevention is essential and vaccinations are key.
For some, anti-vaccination concepts can cause hesitation on whether or not to vaccinate. To them, Dr. Sodhi encourages open dialogue.
“I think a lot of times there’s an assumption of provider versus patient. It’s more of a partnership. If you have hesitation, or if you do find literature, if you have a concern or question, go to your provider. (Medical doctors are) supposed to be able to have that conversation with you on both sides,” said Sodhi.
The CDC recommends all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12-to-15 months of age, and the second dose at 4-to-6 years of age.
Dr. Sodie is currently accepting new patients at walk-ins at Medical West Hoover Health Center.