Measles Outbreaks in U.S. Coasts has Local Health Officials Concerned

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Clark County Public Health has only identified two new exposure sites since January 29.

Just watch the (reputable) news: Measles is making a disturbing resurgence, with Washington state and NY experiencing the worst outbreaks in decades (there are almost 50 confirmed cases in Washington and more than 200 in New York). One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contact with the virus. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the US died of the measles every year.

The misinformation that has fueled the decline in vaccination rates, largely born from a debunked assertion that vaccines cause autism, seems to be as contagious as measles itself.

"To investigate to identify maybe where they went right away so that we can start notifying the public, you know, that these places you may have been exposed to measles", Christ said.

A number of specific details about the cases in Houston have not been publicly disclosed, including how it is believed that the individuals contracted the disease and if they were previously vaccinated.

In 2019, how can this be?

We must shift the narrative. These reasons are also common excuses of parents and/or caregivers who intentionally disregarded the immunization schedules for their child. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.

The overall vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in California rose to 95 percent in the two years after the law passed.

A limited understanding of probability likely plays a role as well. By definition, a "Fully Immunized Child" (FIC) is an infant who has "received one dose of BCG, three doses each of OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis B vaccines, and one dose of measles vaccine before reaching one year of age". Around the globe, measles infections were responsible for 110,000 deaths in 2017, the most recent statistical year. "One in 1,000 will die".

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

Children can be vaccinated once they are 12 months old. It's from 1986, when some in the in the United Kingdom weren't immunizing their children, but it's just as relevant today. The best protection against measles is the vaccine. "It's nearly a crime to allow your child to go unimmunized". If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anti-vaccination hot spots have been developing for several years.

Let us leave this discussion to those who have the regulatory mandate to safeguard the safety of the public, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the DOH. There has been too much damage done already.

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