Germany proposes $2,800 fine for parents skipping measles vaccination

Germany proposes $2,800 fine for parents skipping measles vaccination

Kaiser said parents having second thoughts about vaccinating their children should not be carried away by "scary headlines on social media (that) attempt to connect immunizations with autism - a theory long ago debunked".

Eight Bay Area jurisdictions including Alameda County, the City of Berkeley, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and Solano County joined last week in a public push to spread information about measles risks and traveling while unvaccinated.

Health officials blame the rise of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, on an increase in anti-vaccine rhetoric.

Of the new cases from last week, 52 of those were reported in NY state. The other states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.

The measles outbreak continued to grow this past week, with 60 new cases added to its already-astronomical total for this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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To confront the expanding measles outbreak in NYC, the Health Department issued "Commissioner's Orders" on April 9th, which enabled the assessment of penalties up to $1,000 for violations or failures to comply with health notices. The Orthodox Jewish communities have been one of the most susceptible groups to the anti-vaxx movement, with the "The Vaccine Safety Handbook" spreading quickly through many Orthodox communities. The report concluded that the rise is due to 20 million children a year missing the first dose of the measles vaccine.

As for adults, the CDC recommends that those who were born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR.

Babies between 6 months and 12 months should be vaccinated before worldwide travel or if they live in a community experiencing an outbreak.

"Once measles is in an undervaccinated community, it is hard to control the spread of disease". Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

It takes two doses of the vaccine to protect children from measles.

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