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Washington Just Announced the First Measles Death in the United States in 12 Years. What's Wrong with Us?

Washington Just Announced the First Measles Death in the United States in 12 Years. What's Wrong with Us?

Source: The Stranger

Preventable diseases aren't supposed to be killing people in 2015. Yet the Washington State Department of Health recently had the unenviable task of announcing the first measles death in the United States in more than a decade. On July 2, the DOH revealed that a case of pneumonia brought on by measles had killed a woman from the Olympic Peninsula in the spring. The latest measles death wasn't related to the strain unleashed in Disneyland last winter. But, like the Disneyland outbreak, the new case highlighted the damage individual choices not to vaccinate can have on more vulnerable members of a community. Seattle Children’s Dr. Doug Opel is featured in this article.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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