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Europe hit with measles dilemma; close to 34,000 affected

09 May 2019

Last week, 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.

Or, and this goes for anyone with questions about his or her vaccination status, you can just get a dose of the current MMR vaccine. So far, we have been lucky because it hasn't hit us.

The Centers For Disease Control's website explains that the agency "considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the US vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose". "I think for Colorado, the best thing to do is to try to act now and act preventative before we are in the situation of an outbreak".

Measles has reappeared, particularly in close-knit and religious communities, and its rise trails growing anti-vaccination sentiments among Americans. He can't have the vaccine because it's a weakened live vaccine. It's called herd immunity.

The WHO is urging authorities to ensure that vulnerable people are vaccinated, with the disease now spreading in many parts of the world.

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Experts also suggest people born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity get the MMR vaccine.

According to the CDC, measles is primarily transmitted from person to person through large respiratory droplets, and transmission is possible up to two hours after the infected person has left the room. The cause? The number of unvaccinated people has been growing, causing a global spike in measles.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made a plea to "anti-vaxxer" parents that they speak with their doctor about getting their child vaccinated, and said, "You are putting yourself; you are putting your children; you are putting your community at risk". For the most part, one dose should suffice (it's 93 percent effective, compared to two doses, which are 97 percent effective). Must you might well very properly be in an even bigger-effort pronounce of affairs, though, the CDC recommends that you compile the 2nd dose. "You should have a documented two doses". "Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on measles vaccine, including before traveling overseas". "It really can have some serious impacts". Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10-12 days after infection, include high fever, a runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth.

Gullicksrud said recent media coverage is raising the awareness of the importance of the measles vaccine.

Nearly three quarters of cases were in Ukraine, the World Health Organization said today as it urged countries to make sure vulnerable people get vaccinated.

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Raigosa added Kaiser Permanente patients can always contact their physician to schedule an appointment if they feel they need a booster.

"There are some states that are saying no public school without vaccinations", Gullicksrud said.

The Panhandle Health District said it's working with local schools that have low immunization rates to educate parents about the dangers of measles.

In 2018, eight countries reported over 2000 cases each including Ukraine (53 218), Serbia (5076), Israel (3140), France (2913), Italy, (2686), Russian Federation (2256), Georgia (2203) and Greece (2193).

In the decade before the vaccination was developed, CDC records show 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the U.S. Of those people, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 developed encephalitis, or brain swelling, from the disease. Despite how easily vaccination can prevent measles, Rachel Fearns, an associate professor of microbiology at Boston University and an investigator at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, wants us to remember that "it is not a benign infection, at all". They should consider a second vaccine.

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Outbreaks may continue to spread, the World Health Organization warned, and the figures suggest there will be more cases this year than last, reflecting a worldwide increase.

Europe hit with measles dilemma; close to 34,000 affected