Free Measles vaccine clinics offered in White Plains
- Author: Ismael Montgomery May 02, 2019,
May 02, 2019, 0:29
At least 704 people in the United States have been sickened this year by measles, the highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease, according to a new report released Monday morning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"CDC considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the USA vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose", the organization says.
In light of the rapid uptick in cases, President Donald Trump reversed his previous stance on vaccinations and their supposed link to autism, instead urging the public to get their kids vaccinated.
The CDC said outbreaks in close-knit communities accounted for 88 percent of all USA cases. Sixty people have been hospitalized, and the case numbers continue to climb, although in some regions, like the Pacific Northwest, outbreaks have subsided.
Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but "the longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States", the CDC warns.
None of this is particularly surprising if you've been following the festering growth of the anti-vaccination movement across the country.
Health officials say current measles outbreaks in the USA are fueled by the anti-vaccination movement, which questions the safety of vaccines and frequently spreads false information on social media.
Some 22 states have recorded cases of the extremely contagious and sometimes deadly disease. Worldwide travelers have always been the source of viral infections in the United States, Elnahal said, but with more people refusing the vaccine there is a greater chance that infected voyagers can transmit the disease, which spreads quickly in communities with low immunization rates.
In the United Kingdom previous year there were 966 confirmed cases of measles.
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Measles spreads through droplets in the air, which can linger for up to two hours after someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.
"What we're trying to do along with the state is educate people when they're coming, that if you haven't been vaccinated and you've been exposed to it, you probably should stay home.
Measles represents a serious public health risk and deserves an appropriate response".
The group said its campaign in Madagascar that focused on the country's northeast Sava region faced unique challenges, including remote locations that required a 2-day trek through mountainous and forested regions with vaccines and materials transported by canoes and carried by human porters.
Officials say it depends on a few factors: if you were vaccinated, when you were vaccinated, or if you lost documentation proving you got the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot.
Tiferes Bnos and the Talmud Torah D'Nitra preschool in Williamsburg were both barred from reopening until they receive approval from the Health Department for plans to prevent unvaccinated children from attending classes.
If you've had one documented dose of the live vaccine and aren't at high risk of exposure, the agency says that's also adequate. "Because apparently people aren't always immune, even if they have had the vaccines", said Sara Mattson.
As argued in Vox, "Had these travelers and their families been vaccinated, we wouldn't have measles here". One dose is around 93 percent effective at preventing measles, and two doses are around 97 percent effective.
MARTIN: Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes for Health, thank you so much for your time this morning. Now, some are questioning whether they are properly vaccinated and whether they are still at risk for getting measles. "One dose of the vaccine turned out to not be quite enough".