Measles Outbreak Is Increasing Vaccination Rates

08 February, 2019, 09:23 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Measles outbreak – time to get vaccinated if you are not

Measles is considered to be highly contagious; the virus can linger in the air for two hours after an infected person is in the room, and people may be contagious without knowing that they are infected, according to the CDC.

Experts can't say for sure where the next outbreak might be.

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Friday on a bill that would remove the so-called "philosophical" exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

The case prompted NSW Health to urge people travelling to South East Asia to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading overseas.

The World Health Organization said on Thursday Europe had a record number of measles cases in 2018, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children.

It comes as the city of Washington in the United States declared a measles state of emergency, and the measles death toll in south-east Asia continues to rise.

A report published by the European Commission a year ago and compiled by a team led by Ms Larson found measles immunisation coverage had fallen in 12 EU countries since 2010, and seven out of the 10 countries with the lowest vaccine confidence in the world were in Europe.

Coverage with the first dose of the vaccine also increased slightly to 95%, the highest level since 2013.

Orders for two types of measles vaccines in Clark County were up almost 500 percent in January compared to the same month a year ago, jumping from 530 doses to 3,150, according to state health department figures.

Measles killed 72 children and adults in the European Region in 2018.

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"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement.

Also fueling the spread of measles are adults who received only one shot of vaccine, instead of the two routinely given today, and may now need booster shots, Jankovic said.

Wednesday, February 6, three of the four possible cases have been ruled out as measles.

"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick.

In England and Wales, Public Health England (PHE) data shows there were 913 cases of measles between January and October 2018 - the most recent data available.

The case has not been linked to any other cases at this time, the health department said.

"We are feeling this in every country even if at a national level we have good health policies in place".

"(But) that's not to say we will never get it again it means that we don't have it continuously spreading around the country", Macartney said.

Depending on the relevant state and territory health departments, in Australia, there are some governmen-funded catch up vaccination programs for refugees and migrants.



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