Should you get vaccinated against measles?

Flight Attendant from Israel in Coma After Getting Measles Virus

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Officials told passengers and crew members to watch for symptoms and report them immediately to health care professionals.

Three new measles cases were confirmed Friday in Butte County, bringing the total to 10.

The 2019 measles outbreak has now reached 555 cases, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 11th.

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Over the previous year, the largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases. Health officials have confirmed 329 cases of measles in New York City and 184 cases in nearby Rockland County since the outbreak began in October.

Tennessee has had only 15 cases of measles in the last decade due to relatively high vaccination rates. It turns out about 98% of people who were born before 1957 are immune. Almost one in three measles patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia and the disease is fata in about 1 of every 1,000 cases.

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"To slow down the measles outbreak in NY, government leaders have issued a "State of Emergency" in Rockland County and issued a 'Commissioner's Order", threatening to close private schools and/or issue $1,000 fines.

He said every healthy person age one and older should receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Oklahoma isn't among them, but neighboring states Texas, Missouri and Colorado are. Each complication and death related to measles is a "preventable tragedy that could have been avoided through vaccination", the authors write. Israel's Ministry of Health says she may have contracted the disease in NY, in Israel, or on a flight between the two.

The department said measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

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Sabella said because we've done such a good job vaccinating against measles, it's easy for people to think that the danger doesn't exist anymore, but this current outbreak shows how easy it is for this unsafe disease to spread.

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