UN warns of 'complacency' as measles cases soar worldwide

UN warns of 'complacency' as measles cases soar worldwide

UN warns of 'complacency' as measles cases soar worldwide

In the past week, there have been five measles diagnoses, bringing the total number of cases to 121.

"Every year, unvaccinated USA residents get measles while they are overseas and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others", says the CDC. More recently, before the modern measles vaccine was developed in 1963, more than 48,000 people were hospitalized-and around 500 people died-each year in the USA alone.

"We have a fantastic vaccine against measles". "That's a remarkable upswing from the last two years: in 2017 there were just 120 cases, and the following year, 372".

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne disease and can cause pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and in some cases death, according to the Health Department.

Multnomah County which is home to Portland, Oregon, has identified four people with measles and one who could have measles.

As the Texas Observer reports, Zedler continued his anti-vaccination push by voicing his support for a new bill that would make it even easier for parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations of their children.

Anyone can contract the measles but the virus is more severe in infants, pregnant women, and people whose immune systems are weak.

They recommend that anyone born between 1957 and the early 1970's get re-vaccinated if traveling overseas, or to a part of the US that has seen a recent measles outbreak - including New York, Texas, Washington, and IL.

Even though it has been declared eliminated in America, "measles continues to circulate globally, which means unvaccinated U.S. travelers can be exposed to measles and bring it back home with them", Messonnier said at the hearing. Full vaccination is 97 percent effective at preventing measles.

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And the proportion of kids reaching age two without having received any kind of vaccination is also growing, albeit slowly: 0.9 percent of children born in 2011 to 1.3 percent among those born in 2015. "These may include high fever that could cause a seizure", says the CDC.

"If the current rate continued for the rest of this year, our country will have seen nearly 1,000 cases", Grosso said.

Q: How many US children are vulnerable? "They are best protected by vaccinating those around them who can be".

Messonnier said patients should talk to their doctor about their or their child's personal risk for rare side effects.

UNICEF says in order to fight measles it is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, health care providers, and parents to take action to contain the disease.

Flawed studies linking vaccines and autism have been debunked repeatedly. If you got the standard two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine after 1967, you should be protected against the measles for life.

"That may seem high to some, but it's well below the 95% vaccination rate required to protect communities and give them herd immunity", she said.

"The measles vaccine has been around for decades and has been proven safe and effective".

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