Chandler is a rural town that has had a history of outbreaks of measles and the deadly coronavirus.
In February, more than 500 people were hospitalized, and the state was forced to close all schools.
Now, with the virus slowly spreading throughout the state, some people are taking precautions to protect their kids.
In Chandler, there’s been a dramatic uptick in the number of measles cases and outbreaks.
But what if you don’t have a family member who’s vaccinated?
“You need to be proactive.
You need to take your family member to the doctor if you’re going to be vaccinated,” said Rachel Baughman, a member of Chandler’s Health Department who has been involved in vaccination efforts.
The problem is, if you haven’t vaccinated yourself, then you’re not going to protect anyone from the virus, Baughmen said.
Baughman said some of her department’s contacts are already getting the shots.
But she also worries that some people aren’t getting them.
“I have no idea how many people haven’t been vaccinated because they haven’t had one,” she said.
“We’re seeing a lot of people who aren’t vaccinating because they are concerned that they are going to have to vaccinate their family member or someone in their household.”
There’s a lot that goes into making sure your child doesn’t get sick, Baugher said.
But her department is not letting the measles outbreak make them less vigilant about protecting their family.
“This is not something that can be controlled,” she added.
“It’s something that needs to be monitored.”
Baugher told local media that people are not vaccinated because some are afraid to get the shots because they’re scared of getting a disease.
Some people who live in the Chandler area also fear that their children will be vaccinated, but not the entire community.
If you’re worried about getting vaccinated, Boughman suggested getting a family history test from your doctor.
You can find out your local area’s vaccination rates at the Department of Public Health website.