US Health officials considered banning individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission

US Health officials considered banning individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission

The report recommends that, "high coverage with MMR vaccination is the most effective way to limit transmission and maintain elimination of measles in the United States", and "health care providers should vaccinate persons without contraindications and without acceptable evidence of immunity to measles before travel to any country outside the United States".

Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated.

Vulnerable, religious and insular communities are particularly "targeted" by disinformation campaigns, said Dr Messonier, though officials said they could not determine why these groups are 'targets'.

The US is amid the country's worst outbreak of the disease in a quarter century, striking 880 people.

So much so that Public Health England (PHE) is now calling on all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) either at the point of the vaccine being offered, or now if they skipped it at the time.

Although the virus was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's the best thing you can do if you are truly unsure.

Earlier this month, President Trump joined the chorus, urging parents to vaccinate their children in a shift from his tweets from several years ago warning over links between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Travelers should talk to their doctor about travel vaccinations at least 4-6 weeks before traveling.

On Thursday, the department also said there is no contagious measles known to be circulating in the community.

"The overwhelming majority of Americans who get two doses of the measles vaccine are protected for life and do not need a booster", says says Dr. Travis Stork, an ER physician, host of The Doctors and a member of PEOPLE's Health Squad. CDC spokeswoman Caitlin Shockey told CNN that the eight people, who agreed to cancel their flights after learning the federal government could put them on the dreaded list, were either infected by measles, or were believed to have a high probability of becoming infected, or lacked proper immunization to the highly contagious virus, or were suspected of being in close contact with a measles-infected person. Do not enter the building until the facility has had the opportunity to take actions to protect other patients and visitors. The child had been vaccinated and is now fully recovered from the disease. More information can be found at The disease can cause severe health complications including pneumonia, encephalitis (brain swelling), and death. A person develops measles from 7 to 21 days after being exposed to someone who is contagious with measles.

Fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes followed by a rash that spreads from the head down are all symptoms of measles.



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