Some Adults May Need Another Measles Vaccination, Health Experts Say

Henrietta Brewer
March 2, 2019

According to her data, there is an increase of 50 percent in registered cases in 2018 compared to 2017 and deaths are 136,000.

This "alarming" global surge in measles cases poses a "growing" threat to children, UNICEF says.

"Part of the problem is people nowadays do not remember the days without vaccinations, so if you talk to older adults, they remember having whooping cough, they remember having measles, and they remember people who have died from those things", said Sarah Fredell, who has worked at UMW for seven years as a registered nurse (RN). "Just as the serious outbreaks we are seeing today took hold in 2018, lack of action today will have disastrous consequences for children tomorrow". Most cases have been reported from zip codes in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In the Philippines last year were diagnosed 15.599 people, since the beginning of the year you have registered there 12.736 other cases.

Officials are working to raise awareness and to promote vaccinations as the number of measles cases continues to rise around the world.

Almost 83,000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in a decade. Yemen, Venezuela, Serbia, Madagascar, Sudan, Thailand and France saw the next biggest increases.


Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.

Health workers are reaching out to various locations to focus on outbreaks like the one in the Ukraine, where over 20,000 people have been infected since the beginning of the year. In fact, the virus can live and be passed to someone up to two hours after an infected person has left the room.

SafeTravel.govt.nz has added a message to its website advising all travellers to ensure that their measles vaccination is up-to-date prior to overseas travel.

"You have one of the most contagious viruses known to man juxtaposed against one of the most effective vaccines we have", Fauci said at the hearing.

The Philippines, Brazil and France along with seven other countries account for nearly two-thirds of the total increase, which UNICEF says is eroding progress already made in the fight against this curable and highly deadly disease.


Nandy said these findings are "absolutely" a cause for worry. If we don't do something about it now, "it could get considerably worse".

It's possible this unethical practice may have played a role in the measles outbreak outlined by the new report.

"That vaccine was not as effective as the current MMR vaccine". If you got the standard two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine after 1967, you should be protected against the measles for life.

Measles remains a common disease in many areas around the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, according to the CDC.


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