Mississippi leads nation in measles vaccination rate – Commercial Appeal

Mississippi ranks 50th in the nation in infant mortality, 50th in physical activity, 50th in heart disease deaths and 49th in overall health. We in Tennessee rank only slightly better, prompting one of my public health colleagues to remark, “Thank God for Mississippi.” Yet Mississippi does rank No. 1 on a health measure that matters […]

Measles outbreak shows consequences of vaccination myths – Commercial Appeal

Last week, Stephanie Morris, a nurse in the intensive care unit, stopped me. In the hospital, Stephanie cares for the sickest of sick patients, but at home she cares for her two children, ages 8 months and 2 years. And with the outbreak of measles, she is concerned about the younger, who has not yet […]

Unprecedented measles outbreak prompts questions – Commercial AppeaL

Amid an unprecedented outbreak of six measles cases in Shelby County, parents are asking questions about potential exposure to the infection. Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease doctor who also writes a column for The CA, answers common questions about measles.   Is the measles outbreak a “big deal?” Yes, the six cases of measles […]