Globally measles at an all time high

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Globally measles at an all time high

But that is not the case in Brazil Indiana at Lynn's pharmacy. "People who live in Orthodox Jewish communities where there is measles-they're the highest risk group right now", she says. "The better vaccines work, the more people think they don't need them anymore".

The U.S. declared measles elimination back in 2000, but its resurgence in the United States is due to the spread of disease through travelers from countries such as Ukraine, Israel, and the Philippines and from the people who are unvaccinated, according to CDC.

And in even places like New York City and Brooklyn where they've actually fined people for not getting vaccinated and going into public closed places - that's really somewhat of a draconian thing to do, but sometimes it's necessary because what we're seeing now is we're seeing the beginning of what could be something that could get out of control as you get more outbreaks.

A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019.

When asked if he would follow measures attempted in France and the USA to tackle measles, he said: "I wouldn't rule out anything but I don't think we're there yet.In America they tried to do this and the courts stopped them so it can be complicated, but really it's people's responsibility as a parent to do the right thing - the right thing for their own children as well as, of course, the right of the community that everybody lives in".

- The largest outbreaks are concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City's Williamsburg neighborhood, where some 390 cases have been confirmed, and Rockland County north of New York City, which has recorded 201 cases.

Public Health England figures show that between April 2010 and December 2018, a total of 23,024 children in the Black Country - Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley - were not fully protected against the measles virus. About 1 in 4 individuals who contract measles will be hospitalized.

A nurse gives a woman a measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine at the Utah County Health Department on April 29, 2019 in Provo, Utah.

Measles is a respiratory illness that's highly contagious - and also vaccine-preventable.

Symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. According to the CDC, for every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it. "One dose is about 93% effective".

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

The CDC recommends children beginning at age 2 get a series of two measles vaccinations, which have about a 97 percent efficiency rate.

Now Congress should enact a national ban on such unwise exemptions - which have allowed measles to make an unprecedented comeback in the United States after it was declared eradicated in 2000. "But because of the current situation globally, if infants were to travel, we recommend in their 6 months to 11 months before they would get their 12-month shot, we recommend those infants do get a dose of the MMR vaccine prior to travel". 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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