DOH buying more measles vaccine amid rising number of cases

Kaley McLachlan-Burton an environmental outreach specialist with Clark County Public Health monito

The Houston outbreak comes as new cases of measles are being confirmed in Washington state on a daily basis, and other cases have been confirmed in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.

The first symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis), which could be confused with any number of other viruses, especially during cold and flu season.

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The DoH admitted that the controversy has in part caused last year's decline in measles vaccination and outbreaks in the country. Two doses ups the effectiveness to 97 percent.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or if a person comes into direct contact or shares germs by touching the same objects or surfaces.

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said. She can talk about the importance of vaccinations, vaccination rates, the impact of not getting a child vaccinated, the importance of booster shots and keeping one's vaccinations up to date.

The WHO said there are 17,298 reported measles cases in the Philippines from January to November 2018 alone, a huge leap from the 3,706 reported measles cases for the same period in 2017.

The ongoing outbreak and the perceived need for home remedies is a reminder that herd immunity - the indirect protection of non-vaccinated people that occurs when a large percentage of the population has been vaccinated - has broken down. "Most children start that at the age of one and it's a two-shot series", said Sharon Goforth.

"We should've panicked then and gotten our MMR vaccines up to date, but sometimes it takes a case locally to make that happen", said Brust. Most of the outbreaks we have seen over the years have started in areas where there are high numbers of unvaccinated children.

The best response may be to lay out the facts about the harms of contracting a vaccine-preventable illness and explain that their child is susceptible, not to simply tell them they must vaccinate their kids. Authorities said Friday one case was a person who had received one dose of the measles vaccine.

"That tells you how effective the vaccine is", he said. A lot of particular particulars concerning the instances in Houston haven't been publicly disclosed, together with how it's believed that the people contracted the illness and if they had been beforehand vaccinated. Of those, 34 are children 10 years old or younger.

He said there is no way for a person to protect themselves, except for the vaccination.

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