Vaccinations

Courtesy / Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Today's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report features a Roby Brock interview with Chad Rodgers, a practicing pediatrician and the medical director of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Rodgers discusses the falling rate of child vaccinations during the pandemic, as well as the status of the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Today's news roundup includes a confirmed case of whooping cough at a Fayetteville middle school, an update on the air quality near the Bella Vista stump dump and unofficial results from school board elections in Washington County.

The Arkansas Department of Health announced it has identified three confirmed cases and one suspected case of mumps on the University of Arkansas campus. Officials are those who have come into contact with the confirmed cases as well as those with an MMR vaccine exemption to seek vaccination.

We talk with Dr. Jose Romero about the mumps, how it hasn't been eradicated, who can be immunized against the disease, and how that immunization helps protect those who can't get the vaccination.

Research at the University of Arkansas may explain why some parents decide not to vaccinate.