Doctors urge parents to vaccinate children in wake of major measles outbreak

Doctors urge parents to vaccinate children in wake of major measles outbreak

In recent news, there have been reports of an outbreak of measles across southwest Washington State and northwest OR where health officials have stated that there have been accounts of over 50 people who contracted the disease.

A measles outbreak in the USA has triggered debate on the ease with which parents can opt out of mandatory vaccine rules.

By comparison, there were just 120 cases in 2017 and 86 cases in 2016. Just this month, the wife of a Trump cabinet member tweeted that America should "bring back" childhood diseases like measles because they "keep you healthy & fight cancer".

And that could be fueling new and unsafe measles outbreaks in the state, a new study finds. Because while many people who get measles do recover fully, some don't.

The report warned that measles is highly contagious - "more so than Ebola, tuberculosis, or influenza".

Today, measles prevalence is much lower.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease.

Since the outbreak began, the Department has worked with elected officials, community organizations, and religious leaders to conducted extensive outreach in the community to educate residents in these zip codes about the risks associated with measles and the importance of vaccination.

Peter Power added: "These cases haven't happened overnight".

A total of 98 countries have reported more measles cases in 2018 than in 2017, a step backwards from what has been achieved so far in combating this preventable but potentially deadly disease, the UNICEF said in a statement.

In Ukraine alone, there were 35,120 cases of measles in 2018. "The only way to protect against measles is to get vaccinated". Children in families without such insurance make up a disproportionate amount of those who go without shots, according to the CDC. The WHO says there's been a 30 percent increase in measles cases in recent years.

Deaths from measles in the USA are rare.

But the World Health Organization previous year said cases worldwide had soared almost 50 per cent in 2018, killing around 136,000 people. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

There is no cure for measles, but medical care help reduce fever and inflammation, and ensure that a patient is getting enough fluids and nutrition. "And try not to contaminate people on the way to the doctors or the hospital-wear a mask try to avoid public places".

Rob MacMillan, a paramedic specialist with the BC Ambulance Service, says calling for an ambulance runs the risk of exposing countless others to the highly-infectious disease. Children should get two doses of the MMR vaccine - this is about 97% effective at preventing measles - according to recommendations made by the CDC.



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