Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

06 February, 2019, 11:38 | Author: Jerome Frank
  • Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease

"We're trying to respond to a very specific concern here and recognize that there may be broader concerns we can consider down the road", Stonier said. Many health-care professionals (HCPs), such as doctors, in the public health sector fear that the previous year might be the lowest FIC rate in a decade. Oregon Public Broadcasting recently listed Oregon as having the highest vaccine exemption rate in the United States.

The WHO said there are 17,298 reported measles cases in the Philippines from January to November 2018 alone, a huge leap from the 3,706 reported measles cases for the same period in 2017.

OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition.

QUOTE: "Measles, a highly contagious disease, was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000 due to successful vaccination programs". Another anti-vaccination group, Informed Choice Washington, had its members at the statehouse on Thursday trying to dissuade lawmakers.

"The increase in the anti-vaccine people is because they have never seen the disease", Leisner said.

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"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said. Outbreak became uncommon, and death from measles rarely happened.

Doctors play a central role in educating parents and/or caregivers on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines which are recommended by regulatory authorities. "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory".

Children traveling overseas may need to be vaccinated before their first birthday, and women who are hoping to become pregnant should discuss vaccinations with their health care provider, as the MMR vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy. These reasons are also common excuses of parents and/or caregivers who intentionally disregarded the immunization schedules for their child. Before 1963, in the USA, before a vaccine was introduced, about 500 people died every year. Approximately 30 percent of reported cases have one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections or diarrhea.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Patients are contagious four days before and four days after getting the rash. A full 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus will catch it.

"If someone in the room has it and sneezes, and it goes around the room, pretty much anyone in that room will pick up that virus and may get sick from it if they're susceptible to it".

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