Ohio had the most cases of measles in 2014, more than any other state. The outbreak in the Amish community spread across the state where 383 cases were reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A recent study by The Washington Post shows that in Ohio, only 62 percent of children under the age of three have the required immunizations. The national average is 70.4 percent of children.
Julie Goode, of Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, said that number jumps significantly by the time children are ready for school.
“It’s 90 percent by the time they start kindergarten,” Goode said.
Ohio is one of the few states that allows parents to opt-out of immunizing their child for philosophical or religious reasons.
Chaunci Newell of Englewood is a mother of three who said she gets her kids vaccinated on time. She wishes other parents were as diligent.
“It’s not really fair to risk other children,” she said.
According to the CDC, measles is one of the most contagious diseases known to medicine. It’s spread through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat and followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.