Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

Most of the confirmed cases involve patients younger than 10. Health officials are urging anyone who thinks they may have contracted measles to call a doctor. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds.

Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions.

Back in that 2004 school year, the vaccination rate was "getting close" to a threshold for herd immunity (around 95%), Clark County public health director Alan Melnick told Business Insider.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", he said.

Numerous studies have shown vaccines do not cause autism - a common reason cited by those who don't want their kids immunized. Effective treatments for people with measles are largely limited to drinking lots of fluids, rest, Vitamin A and over the counter pain relievers. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles. "There aren't any other alternatives to vaccination". The outbreak of the highly contagious disease has spread to OR and the Seattle area. Get vaccinated now! For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began.

The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak
Measles was the No. 1 killer of children worldwide before the vaccine was made available in 1963. Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.

Children receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages 4 and 6. Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

'If you have a large unvaccinated population and you add measles to the mix, one measles case will infect 90 percent of contacts, and the early symptoms are not distinguishable from other respiratory illnesses - and you're contagious at that point, ' Dr Melnick said. A person can spread it for up to four days before they realize they're sick, the Mayo Clinic says. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions".

Thirty-seven of those cases include people who were not vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: "a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

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