DOH buying more measles vaccine amid rising number of cases

06 February, 2019, 02:54 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Mike Hess 5 right and Ranoy Hess 8 look with fascination at a jet injector as it gets loaded

Public health officer Dr. Alan Melnick said that it is fine for most people children who are not yet scheduled for the second dose, which is usually administered around the age of 5.

Of the 49 cases confirmed, 42 had not been immunized against the highly contagious virus.

The outbreak investigation, which is ongoing has identified 49 confirmed cases since January 1. If you are not sure if you are immune to measles, you can get a blood test to find out.

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. Most children in the United States 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. However, a recent outbreak of measles has affected at least 50 people in Washington state.

It would not be unusual to see so many headlines about measles. if this were 1919.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are unvaccinated, travel to developing countries or have a vitamin A deficiency are more likely to catch the measles. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 100,000 young children had not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended.

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The measles outbreak in the Pacific northwest is worsening: 51 confirmed and nine suspected cases.

But physicians and researchers have known for decades now that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is safe and effective.

A person with measles will themselves be most infectious to others in the period four days before and after the rash appears. Majority were children under 5. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contact with the virus. However, there are still means to regain the momentum to continue and strongly support the routine immunization of children to protect them from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral OR other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The same study also said the important factors that influence vaccine decision-making process include "trust in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, trust in the individuals that administer or give advice about vaccination, and trust in the wider health system".

There has also been one confirmed measles case in Multnomah County linked to the Clark County outbreak.

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