Health professionals urging vaccinations in light of measles outbreak

Washington declares public health emergency after measles outbreak of mostly unvaccinated children

BC residents warned of measles outbreak in Washington State

So why the emergency declaration?

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. "Almost everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus".

Once upon a time, the United States had eliminated the measles, but outbreaks have increased as the anti-vaccine movement takes hold - and 18 states now allow for non-medical "philosophical" vaccination exemptions. Parents with infected children are being told to avoid public places, even doctor's offices and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency.

Individuals with confirmed cases were reported by LCPH to have traveled throughout the Portland Metro area during their communicable period, prompting health officials to issue a warning down the I-5 corridor. And most of those kids are un-immunized. During the same school year, 7.5% of children in all grades in the county had vaccine exemptions. OR also has a high nonmedical exemption rate for vaccinations-one 2018 state analysis found a rate among kindergarteners of 7.5 percent, with the number for K-12 students climbing as high as 10 percent in some counties.

Thirty-one of those 35 people were unvaccinated. In the remaining cases, authorities had not yet verified their immunization status. Virus symptoms begin with a fever, followed by cough, runny nose and reddish eyes - which is common of most viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Clark County has so far poured $100,000 into trying to contain the outbreak, with staff being reassigned from other duties to help manage the public health effort.

Rigler said in 2017 and 2018, no Arizona residents had measles. During the measles outbreak, she hasn't left the house with Tristan, who is too young to be vaccinated.

All states require immunizations for children to attend school.

Clark County, the heart of the measles outbreak, has a vaccination rate of only 84.5 percent for kindergarteners when it comes to the measles.

A lot of kids who can't be vaccinated are now at risk.

. The disease is so contagious that 90 per cent of unvaccinated people who are exposed will catch it. Most of the measles cases involved children between 1 and 10 years old who had not been vaccinated.

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There are at present 31 cases of measles in Clark County and the numbers are on the rise, warn health officials. However, up to 40 percent of patients have complications, usually occurring in children under five, adults over 20, and anyone who is undernourished or immunocompromised.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director, according to AP. "They're not going to be protected".

States like Virginia had a 97.6 percent rate for measles while Washington state is at 88.5 percent.

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Wigan parents are being urged to check that they and their children have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of four measles cases in neighbouring Salford.

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Swanson worries that sometimes the media coverage about measles outbreaks makes it seem there is a nationwide crisis over vaccination, but that's not true.

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