Local health officials urge people to get measles vaccine

Henrietta Brewer
February 5, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control, before the vaccine was licensed in the early 1960s, the USA would see an average around 500,000 cases of measles every year. There is state assistance available, and health officials said they don't want payment to be a deterrent to keeping the community healthy.

Dozens of cases of the measles have been confirmed across the Pacific Northwest, and health experts across the country - and in San Diego- are urging patients to protect themselves.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or if a person comes into direct contact or shares germs by touching the same objects or surfaces. Most children in the U.S. 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.

Some parents refuse to have their children vaccinated due to religious or philosophical reasons or they might have heard from others about someone who became violently ill after being vaccinated.

In January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 79 individual cases of measles in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.


In 2000, he said medical professionals announces there were no cases of measles in the US due to the vaccine.

A vast majority of those who came down with measles - 41 - were not vaccinated against the disease, Clark County officials said. In general the first dose is usually given at 12 to 15 months and the second dose at 4 to 6 years, but it can be given as early as 6 months if there is a risk of exposure (as an extra dose - it doesn't count as the first of two doses and has to be given after 12 months), and the second dose can be given as soon as 28 days after the first.

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications.

Two other outbreaks have also been reported this year, the CDC said, in New York state and New York City.

We're all lucky no one in Hollywood spread rumors that the polio vaccine caused autism.


De Guzman expressed concerns over the "alarming" number of measles cases, noting that patients now have to share beds for the hospital to accommodate all of them.

Of those cases, 42 have been confirmed as being unimmunized, and six are unverified. The first dose of the measles vaccine is 93 percent effective.

Recent data compiled by Idaho health officials show about 3,800 school-age children in the state likely are not fully immunized for the measles.

"There's a reason why the World Health Organization and the CDC came out in the early 2000s to say that measles is nearly eradicated in the sense that, you know it pops up every once in a while".

The ongoing outbreak and the perceived need for home remedies is a reminder that herd immunity - the indirect protection of non-vaccinated people that occurs when a large percentage of the population has been vaccinated - has broken down. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.


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