25 years since measles have been in El Paso, and there’s a reason.

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – There have been 15 cases of the measles reported in Texas, however, none of those are in El Paso.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Immunization Week and it has now been 25 years since the last case of measles in El Paso. 

“In El Paso, we have some of the highest immunization rates in the country so we celebrate that were doing great but we could still do better in protecting our children,” said Robert Resendes Director of the City of El Paso Department of Public Health. 

To keep it that way the City of El Pasos Department of Public Health gave free infant vaccinations on Wednesday.

Resendes said measles spread usually from people traveling into the country and coming in contact with unvaccinated people. With El Paso being next to Ciudad Juarez that could be a problem. However, according to officials, there hasn’t been a case of measles in the Mexican State of Chihuahua in 25 years either. 

“No one magic formula. We have great clinics, we have great doctors, nurses and parents,” he said. “Big kudos to the parents that make this happen. Unlike some of my colleagues in other parts of Texas, we don’t have a very large or active anti-vaccination movement. We have mom and dads that want their kids to be vaccinated no matter what.” 

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