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Clay County Measles Cases Spark Immunization Concerns

Carol E. Davis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A small outbreak of measles stemming from a Clay County family has some area doctors worried that more may catch the illness. After traveling abroad to the Pacific Rim, an infant who wasn't immunized to the disease was diagnosed and spread it to two family members last week.

In the first segment of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with a panel of experts to discuss the recent measles cases and the cultural struggles surrounding immunization in the United States.


  • Barbara Dawson, Clay County Public Health Center.
  • Dr. Stephen Lauer, Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Dr. Natasha Burgert, Pediatric Associates of Kansas City and Shot@Life Champion.
  • Regina Weir, Coordinator for the Mother and Child Health Coalition.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Jenny began her radio career in 1994 as a news reporter for KSMU in Springfield, Mo. at Southwest Missouri State University. She moved to Kansas City in 1996 and worked as an intern for New Letters On the Air.
Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill.