Kate Brown urges vaccines as measles cases grow to 55

Henrietta Brewer
February 8, 2019

In the U.S., New York City is presently going through its worst outspread of measles in decades.

So far in the US this year, about 80 cases of measles have been reported, with two outbreaks ongoing in Washington and NY states.

Legislation in the state of NY permits vaccine exemptions for individuals who have religious beliefs against immunization. "All of our cases match this strain", the Washington State Department of Health said in an email.

But when children who are unvaccinated shop in the same stores and go to the same events as everyone else, that's when they can get exposed. Among the confirmed cases, 43 were not immunized against the highly contagious disease.

Wednesday, February 6, three of the four possible cases have been ruled out as measles.

As part of the study, the investigators identified hotspots around the United States now at risk of measles outbreaks due to a declining rate of measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage.

The first cities listed as vulnerable?

Vaccination remains the most effective method for preventing measles, according to the Bell County Health District.

The outbreak started near Portland, in OR, at the beginning of the year and speedily multiplied to Washington. I wish we had vaccination rates up ahead of time.

In the third week of January, 644 children aged 1-18 were vaccinated against measles in the county.

The wave of infections came despite record vaccinations across Europe in 2017.

Some 95% of children received the first dose of the vaccine. "We must do more and do it better to protect each and every person from diseases that can be easily avoided".

Demand for measles vaccine has surged in the Washington county where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year - including among people who had previously shunned the shots. The second dose provides 97 percent protection. More children in the Region received the full two-dose series on time, according to their countries' immunization schedules, in 2017 than in any year since World Health Organization started collecting data on the second dose in 2000. Thirteen additional cases were suspected. According to the aforementioned study, other areas that are considered hotspots include Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Provo, Utah; Fort Worth, Texas; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. But the university can grant an exemption through a student's personal medical provider. Numerous articles these organizations produce closely resemble scientific articles, Melnick says.

Adult vaccination numbers in the county also rose.

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