Measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington

Measles outbreak in Washington State leads BCCDC to advise people on immunization updating

Measles outbreak in Washington State leads BCCDC to advise people on immunization updating

"I've been saying now for the last couple of years [that] it's only a matter of time before we see a horrific measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest", said Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. The majority of the cases involve children younger than 10. Thirty-two Clark County cases are unimmunized, and four are unverified. As of Friday, there were 26 confirmed cases according to the report.

I reached out to the folks at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, and they said the last confirmed case of measles in Maine was in 2017. The proposed legislation was sent to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

Canadians travelling to affected communities are at risk of exposure to measles, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control said.

In Oregon and Washington, people may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

Health officials urged anyone who has been exposed and believes they have measles symptoms to call their health care provider before visiting a medical office to make a plan that does not put others at risk. Children in Alaska must have received the immunization to attend school. Forty-seven states - all but California, Mississippi and West Virginia - allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have religious beliefs against immunizations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. "MMR is a highly effective and safe vaccine".

The current state of emergency in Washington state points to the danger-on the basis of unsubstantiated and antiscientific theories-of measles and other diseases, long thought to be eradicated in North America and Europe, to reemerge.

Children under age 5 have the highest probability of death from measles. According to the CDC, 90 percent of non-immunized individuals near an infected person will contract it. Measles spreads through the air, and the virus can live for up to two hours in the airspace where an infected person coughed or sneezed.

And public health officials like Sammons have expressed concern over the small but growing number of unvaccinated children in the United States. There is also a spread of misinformation regarding this vaccine-preventable illness in children, they add. There's also a guide from the Washington State Department of Health with instructions on what to do if you've been exposed to measles and start to feel unwell. Measles vaccine does not cause measles illness.

Is it possible to contract measles if you've been vaccinated?

. 'One of the ground zero hotspots is Portland and adjoining Clark County'. "Before the vaccine became available in the '60s and we started mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died every year", Melnick explained. The first dose is to be administered between ages of 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 years.

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