Measles: Why Should People Get Vaccinated

Pearl Mccarthy
February 6, 2019

Five cases of measles have been confirmed across Texas as an outbreak of the disease continues to grow in Washington state.

"For San Lazaro alone, we have seen a very huge jump for the number of measles cases", De Guzman said.

The CDC recommends children get the vaccine, starting with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.

There has also been one confirmed measles case in Multnomah County linked to the Clark County outbreak. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus.

"More than 240 million doses of measles vaccine were given in the USA from 1963 through 1993", explained Dr.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks.

At the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila alone, a known facility for infectious diseases, a total of 248 children and 21 adults were being treated for measles as of Tuesday morning. Outbreak became uncommon, and death from measles rarely happened.

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The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines is popularly called by health experts as "vaccine hesitancy" - and this threatens to reverse the progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. Some parents feel responsibility supersedes personal preference.

We're all lucky no one in Hollywood spread rumors that the polio vaccine caused autism. Sixberry says it's important that patients know their measles vaccination status.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral OR other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Disregarding a child's immunization schedule is a lame excuse of those who are not fully aware of the benefits and protection that their child can get after being vaccinated. The department told the Associated Press that of those who were affected by the virus, none of them had been vaccinated.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.

Since Jan. 1, 49 people have been diagnosed with measles.

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. Patients are contagious four days before and four days after getting the rash. It's about people who don't believe the scientists making decisions for other people's children.

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