Ohio urges measles vaccination amid outbreaks around US

Henrietta Brewer
May 5, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 704 cases of measles as of April 26, a 1.3 percent increase since the 695 reported last week.

Measles, which was declared eradicated in 2000, is on a horrifying upswing across the United States.

"The problem is all the countries that are facing outbreaks are "imported cases" and the infected persons come into these countries and come in contact with persons that did not receive the vaccine and those are the ones that are contracting and spreading the disease", Dr. Beer warned.

Central Luzon had the third highest measles cases at 5,408, with 104 deaths.

More than half, or 53 percent, of the patients were male.

The North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS) includes immunization records for children and adults who were vaccinated in North Dakota.

He said author Roald Dahl made a "big difference" when he began to advocate in favour of measles vaccination in the United Kingdom after his daughter was diagnosed.

Between a day and a week after these symptoms begin, the rash develops, which starts on the face and spreads across the body.

Investigators have found evidence that Russian hackers have been behind some of the anti-vaccine messaging, pushing social media stories that question the government's role in encouraging vaccination protection. Harris says most of those outbreaks involved people who traveled internationally and brought the illness into areas with large numbers of unvaccinated people. Folks who received that vaccine, or who were vaccinated during those years and aren't sure which one they got, should get vaccinated anew, the CDC says.

This data has motivated health officials to take legal action to protect children from the measles virus.

USA officials deemed the disease eliminated in 2000, yet outbreaks still happen as infected travelers expose vulnerable populations to the virus, particularly in communities with many vaccine skeptics. Just like so many of our vaccines.

Measles, along with mumps and rubella are the three serious and highly infectious diseases addressed in the vaccine commonly called MMR. "Her school had one such mass vaccination drive and we were willing to get her vaccinated but upon consultation with our doctor we found out that she already had been injected with the same vaccine". They believe the outbreaks are due to people traveling to other countries with significant outbreaks, including Israel, the Philippines and Ukraine, and then coming back to the US and infecting people in areas with low vaccination rates. Over 700 people are being affected by measles even if they may not have the disease.

All 50 states require children to be vaccinated for various diseases in order to attend public schools, unless they have medical reasons for exemption.

Meaning, if we don't get this under control, measles will no longer be headline news.

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