Health officials link measles outbreak to lack of vaccinations

Henrietta Brewer
March 14, 2019

"Some people don't get their kids vaccinated and those kids are at a bigger risk than our kids". Health officials didn't say where the person had traveled. The first dose is typically received by the children at the time when they turn 15 months old and the second dose is generally given to them when they reach the age of 4 years.

Health officials didn't specify if the person in Jefferson County was vaccinated.

To combat the outbreak, around 3000 and a further 18000 doses of measles vaccine have been sent to Canterbury this week.

Only half of the Huron County schools are meeting that immunity threshold. According to the World Health Organization, identifying and confirming suspected measles and rubella cases through surveillance allows early detection of outbreaks, analysis of on-going transmission in order to mount more effective vaccination measures, and estimation of the underlying true incidence based on the patterns in reported data.

"I saw some really overwhelming evidence that was in defense of vaccines and when I turned 18, I pursued that route", Lindenberger said. The first measles vaccine is administered around the age of 12 months when the risk of getting the infection is at it's highest. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected.

"Sometimes, in certain areas, when you have a high population of unvaccinated individuals, certain diseases can take hold. So many of them won't do it, it's just ridiculous".

However, many countries still have a poor surveillance system, and many people who were suspected with measles didn't seek health care or, if diagnosed, are not reported. Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.

Colvin said about one in four people throughout the United States who get the measles will be hospitalized and one out of every 1,000 measles patients will develop brain swelling which could lead to brain damage.

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