"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known", says Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. During the last measles outbreak, more than a quarter of the kindergartens in California fell short of the mark for herd immunity. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases.
Two cases of measles were confirmed January 13, 2019 and the third measles case was confirmed January 26. Most of the confirmed cases have been children under 10.
"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".
A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations.
Vaccinations are free for children and low cost for adults at area hospitals through a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as well, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's free vaccination clinics for children.
The AP noted that Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, which is too low to protect those with compromised immune systems, those who can not get vaccinated because of medical problems, or those who are too young. In Oregon, which has a similar law, 7.5 percent of kindergarteners in 2018 were missing shots for non-medical reasons.
The CDC has warned that travellers should ensure they are vaccinated against measles with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Washington also has a higher-than-average percentage of vaccine exemptions. Another anti-vaccination group, Informed Choice Washington, had its members at the statehouse on Thursday trying to dissuade lawmakers. Thus, the anti-vaxxers refuse to immunize their kids against some of the most prevalent diseases, including the measles virus. "The state senator (Elizabeth Steiner Hayward) who attempted to strengthen our vaccination rates was literally bogged down by avid parents". Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles.
The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the USA from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000. They can die from pneumonia or encephalitis - brain swelling - brought on by the measles.
The Central District Health Department noted that symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been.
Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.