Measles: Why Should People Get Vaccinated

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Sudden outbreak of measles prompts emergency declaration, renews vaccination debate

Two does are about 97 percent effective. The outbreak in Clark County has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children.

"If your child has received all the scheduled immunizations including the 12-to-15 month MMR vaccine and the vaccine between 4 and 6 years of age - for pre-kindergarten", Missoula Dr. Lauren Wilson explained. Four of the cases involve children under the age of 2, while the fifth involves a woman in her 30s, news station KHOU reported. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contact with the virus. Public Health now says 49 cases have been confirmed, up from 47 on Sunday, with nine cases currently suspected. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the US died of the measles every year.

"We're trying to respond to a very specific concern here and recognize that there may be broader concerns we can consider down the road", Stonier said.

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"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said.

The first symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis), which could be confused with any number of other viruses, especially during cold and flu season.

"It is a virus that starts like a common cold, but in a more severe version could be fatal, because it has the ability to get into organs that other viruses can't", Maldonado said. More than 180 of the cases happened in Orthodox Jewish communities. "If you don't have records, you can always call your doctor's office to get them or you can get a re-vaccination if you're not able to confirm you've been vaccinated", she added. "That is when it becomes very risky".

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Despite the high number of patients, De Guzman clarified that the hospital is still taking in more patients with measles.

Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated. She said the Washington outbreak is nearly exclusively in young children that were not vaccinated. And if you think that just staying away from sick people will do the trick, think again. The mother of a 39-year-old physician, Dr. Kendrick Gotoc, who was inoculated by the vaccine three times prior to his death on April 22, 2018, filed cases of obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, torture, and violation of the Consumer Act against Health Secretary Francisco Duque, former DoH chief Janette Garin, and 37 others.

She said because people don't see the disease, some individuals are more scared of the vaccine than the virus. "Lack of vaccination equals increased opportunity for disease outbreak".

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