IN residents now can obtain measles vaccine without Rx

Henrietta Brewer
May 4, 2019

While Coweta schools dodged the mumps in this case, a nationwide outbreak of measles has affected more than 700 people so far - including six Georgians - and makes updating vaccinations even more critical.

The report from the CDC says that most of the cases of measles encountered are among children who have not been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine (that covers against measles, mumps and rubella or German measles infection).

"The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States", the CDC warned in a statement.

He said roughly 90 percent of cases occur in people who have not been vaccinated. And we'd do anything we can to keep them safe. In 1912, according to the CDC, "measles became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, requiring US healthcare providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases". Most common countries from where infections have reached the U.S. include Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines.

Small measles outbreaks have been reported in multiple regions over the last few months, but on Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported those collective cases have set a record for a new national high. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or known to have measles should receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart. However in light of the current outbreak, CDC officials recommend the vaccine for infants between 6-11 months who are traveling to countries with measles outbreaks.

Measles symptoms don't appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure, health officials say. "Because of the inaction of certain individuals, they've allowed measles to come back".

A notable drop in vaccine protection coupled with a spike in measles cases all over the world has created the right storm for this outbreak, based on well-being specialists.

"And, I encourage all Americans to adhere to CDC vaccine guidelines in order to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases".

Symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes.

Adults who are going to be in a setting that "poses a high risk for measles transmission" should make sure they have had two doses separated by at least 28 days, which includes students at post-high school education institutions, health care personnel and global travelers, the CDC says. In 1968, a more effective vaccine was developed by Maurice Hilleman and colleagues, and this is the same measles vaccine (combined with a mumps and rubella vaccine) used in the US today.

Americans could be forgiven for not knowing that much about measles.

Auckland's public health service is checking in with more than 2000 people who may have been exposed to measles as the number of confirmed cases climbs.

"This could lead to some spread in communities with low MMR coverage and in age groups with very close mixing. If I was going to advise it to the wider public, I would say everybody needs to talk with their providers". Before the measles vaccine became available in 1963, the annual measles death toll in the United States was about 440 during the 1950s.

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