U.S. measles outbreak could be prevented

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Sudden outbreak of measles prompts emergency declaration, renews vaccination debate

Since January 1, Clark County Public Health has confirmed 47 cases of measles.

Some parents refuse to have their children vaccinated due to religious or philosophical reasons or they might have heard from others about someone who became violently ill after being vaccinated.

This was amidst the clarification from the Department of Health (DoH) that no deaths had been linked to Dengvaxia and calls from doctors' group Doctors for Truth and Welfare to "halt the continuous spread of unproven claims of deaths caused by the dengue vaccine by the same unqualified but noisy people who are largely responsible for the fall in vaccine confidence in the country".

According to health officials, from March through the end of December 2018, as a result of the disease being imported to Israel by a small number of tourists and visitors who later infected an unvaccinated population, more than 3150 individuals were infected with measles previous year.

QUOTE: "Measles, a highly contagious disease, was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000 due to successful vaccination programs".

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes.

"We make a lot of decisions in our life around parenting; unfortunately, this is one that not only impacts the decision you have made for your child but also impacts other children and persons around them", Sammons added.

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Washington isn't the only state grappling with a disease. So what can you do to help keep measles out of this community? Most children in the USA are vaccinated, with 91% of 19-to-35 month-olds having at least one dose and about 94% of those entering kindergarten having two doses.

Prior to the vaccine, measles caused approximately 450 to 500 deaths each year in the United States. In 2018, in the U.S., there were about 17 outbreaks and 349 cases.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. A lot of particular particulars concerning the instances in Houston haven't been publicly disclosed, together with how it's believed that the people contracted the illness and if they had been beforehand vaccinated. According to the CDC, just one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective.

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications.

Insinuations that vaccines are unsafe spread via misinformation and anecdotal reports of alleged vaccine reactions, either by unqualified professionals, the media, the internet and/or anti-vaccination groups, and this leads parents to question the need for immunization. "It can be on surfaces", explained Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director and Health Authority for Austin Public Health. Anti-vaccination paranoia is now a clear indication that our society has regressed. "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory".

"More than 240 million doses of measles vaccine were given in the US from 1963 through 1993", explained Dr. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.

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