Why we must be on guard against measles community outbreak

Measles count still rising in Rockland County

What are the symptoms of measles? The virus particles are very small and can be suspended in air up to two hours.

How unsafe is measles?

While most of the countries that experienced large spikes in cases are beset by unrest or conflict, several wealthier nations also saw their caseloads soar. Before widespread measles vaccinations in the us, 500 children died from measles every year. "The existence of measles anywhere is a threat to children everywhere", Fennelley says in the program.

"We anxious 10 to 12 years ago because there was a lot of debate around the MMR vaccine", Thibodeau told CBC News.

Within wealthy nations, this specific rise is generally credited to an increase with skepticism in the direction of vaccinations generally and particularly MMR, that deals with measles, mumps, and even rubella.

When should children get their measles vaccinations? The first dose protects children 95 to 97 percent of the time.

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In particular, the administration should warn that highly vulnerable individuals - such as pregnant women, people with low immunity, and children under the age of one - shouldn't travel to places when there have been significant measles outbreaks, as much as possible.

But a blood test ordered by Vancouver Children's Hospital has since confirmed his youngest son has measles, and the other two are still waiting for confirmation, Bilodeau said.

To help contain Canterbury's measles outbreak a wider group of people are now eligible to receive a second MMR vaccination.

To address the pressing issue, the Food and Health Bureau and the Department of Health should stay in close touch with pharmaceutical companies in order to ensure stable and continued supply of measles vaccines. I encourage adults to talk with their health care providers about getting the MMR if they are unsure of their immunity status.

Meanwhile, as many foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) working in Hong Kong have come from countries where the overall measles vaccination rates are relatively low, and given the possibility that the workers may have frequent contact with people travelling to measles-affected regions, the risk of a massive measles outbreak among FDHs in the city can not be ignored. "And not seeing some of the diseases rampant as they were prior to the prevaccination era...sometimes gives people a false sense of security".

Does the MMR vaccine cause autism? Since then, many scientific studies in the USA and other countries involving millions of children have reached the same conclusion: The MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

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