Measles Outbreaks in U.S. Coasts has Local Health Officials Concerned

Measles Outbreaks in U.S. Coasts has Local Health Officials Concerned

Though Washington State is thousands of miles away, it doesn't mean health officials locally are taking the situation lightly. Officials in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, reported three cases of measles Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the state this year to six. As many as 1 out of every 20 children with measles will get pneumonia, which can also be deadly, the agency reports.

But it's true for childhood immunizations in general. "If you're going to be in a public school, then you should have to be vaccinated", said Mike Johnston, who supports vaccinations.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination. And the measles virus is one of the most infectious diseases out there. It is the first and best protection an infant can have early in life against illnesses and diseases.

"Only about 3 percent of the time do those vaccines fail". Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection.

Experts recommend children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months, and the second between 4 and 6 years old. These are most effective when given at the specified ages, or as close to those, as possible. "That's why vaccination is so important".

All individuals are children that were either not vaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity. At the time, OR had the seventh-lowest rate in the nation. "It can be on surfaces", explained Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director and Health Authority for Austin Public Health.

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De Guzman expressed concerns over the "alarming" number of measles cases, noting that patients now have to share beds for the hospital to accommodate all of them.

With any medicine, including vaccines, there is a chance of reactions, according to the CDC.

He said there is no way for a person to protect themselves, except for the vaccination.

Before widespread use of the vaccine, measles led to more than 2 million deaths a year, according to WHO.

Let us leave this discussion to those who have the regulatory mandate to safeguard the safety of the public, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the DOH. Light. "The vaccine has an excellent safety record". "If these parents saw the disease, they wouldn't hesitate".

Purdue University assistant professor Elizabeth "Libby" Richards of the Purdue School of Nursing researches population health, public health nursing, as well as health and wellness programs.

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