by Kellee Azar, KATU News
Amid a continued measles outbreak in Clark County where health officials have confirmed 62 cases, one of the most concerned groups is parents with infants who are too young to get the vaccine.
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Clark County Health Officials say that newborns of mothers who’ve had measles or received the vaccine are born with antibodies which can help protect them from infection, but it’s not 100-percent effective.
With two little ones under the age of three, Tiffany Hamilton has her hands full.
Just six weeks ago, her youngest child Riot was born two months early and had to spend three weeks in the NICU.
“Honestly, having your kids in the hospital is horrible,” Tiffany Hamilton said.
She finally got to take her daughter home as Clark County was facing it’s largest measles outbreak in years. Her two-year-old daughter Echo has only received one dose of the vaccine, so Tiffany made sure to keep her home as well.
Several days went by without a new potential exposure site being announced, so Tiffany thought it would be safe to take her daughters in to the doctor on Friday.
“It seems silly, but it was like ‘yeah let’s get out of the house.’ It’s going to the doctor, it shouldn’t be a big thing. It’s a safe space to me, those are the people who take care of you,” Tiffany said.
But Saturday, she learned that the doctor’s office she went to was announced as another potential exposure site – meaning her children could have been exposed to the measles.
Now, she’s worried.
“Is her body strong enough to fight something like that? I know it’s not usually deadly but also premature new born babies don’t usually get that,” Tiffany said.
Waiting it out, Tiffany says she’s keeping a close eye on her daughters.
“I’m just hovering over them like a hawk, we aren’t going anywhere no one is coming over,” Tiffany said.