Who Needs A Measles Vaccine?

Thursday, 02 May, 2019

"Measles is airborne, so people need to stay in special negative-pressure rooms".

People who received the vaccine between 1967 and 1989 also should check their measles immunity.

Measles, caused by the rubeola virus, is one of the most contagious infectious diseases. "I don't think the religious exemption in this case with measles trumps the public health concern". Parents refusing to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine are termed as the anti-vaxxers and have been linked to over 390 cases of measles since October a year ago say the officials. Between 1 January 2019 and 26 April 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 704 individual cases of measles had been confirmed in 22 states. They speculate the numbers to be worse with eight more months to go this year.

"We have proper precautions in place", Wilkinson said.

The group said its campaign in Madagascar that focused on the country's northeast Sava region faced unique challenges, including remote locations that required a 2-day trek through mountainous and forested regions with vaccines and materials transported by canoes and carried by human porters.

Dr Jonathan Fielding, former head of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health explained, "Many parents are afraid". Even under-protected people who do not live near ongoing outbreaks and are not planning to travel internationally don't have a pressing need, Schaffner says - but those people can get re-vaccinated if they so choose.

"The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe".

Orthodox Jewish mothers in Rockland County say they have been receiving anti-vaccine conference calls and pamphlets on why parents shouldn't vaccinate their children.

Measles is still present in many countries around the globe, so eradication is still a way off. In addition to Israel, outbreaks have devastated Madagascar - where 70,000 people have been infected and more than 1,000 have died - and impacted Brazil, Philippines, Ukraine and Venezuela, among other nations. Those figures include infections from past year and are not directly comparable to the CDC numbers. Most common countries from where infections have reached the United States include Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines.

"Now, not all of those people are not vaccinated because they want to be", Esper said.

Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus, although in some cases, they may appear as early as seven days, or as late as 21 days.

Until now, the highest number of annual cases after the 2000 eradication milestone happened in 2014 with 667 confirmed cases.

"That would be the main message", she said.

No deaths have been reported this year, but 66 patients have been hospitalized. "Measles carries a very high morbidity associated with it".

Here's CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield speaking recently to NPR.

"Vaccines have always been important, and they prevent disease", said Stacy Wilson, the Wilson County Health Department's immunization coordinator.

There were 966 measles cases in England in 2018, up from 259 in 2017.

The CDC recommends the measles vaccine for anyone over a year old, unless you had the disease as a child.

Nearly 97% of Pennsylvania kindergartners in public and private schools had two doses of the MMR vaccine during the 2017-18 school year. This recommendation is meant to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available from 1963 to 1967 and was not effective.

Health officials are also recommend infants 6 through 11 months receive one dose of the vaccine before worldwide travel.

US President Donald Trump, last week also urged Americans to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of measles. An additional dose of MMR vaccine is not harmful, officials say. The recommended vaccine coverage in the community is over 95 percent.

The advice, Lamkin can agree with, as children and the elderly face the most risk against the serious and potentially deadly disease.

Health officials say families can consult with their health care providers to make sure all members are up to date on vaccinations.