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

Tribune editorial Don’t fall for anti-vax scare campaigns

Brazil had more than 10,000 cases of measles previous year; Europe, almost 60,000.

So far so good say health officials in Yakima. Even children in the best of health who are diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements 24 hours apart, according to WHO. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Known as the MMR or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the vaccine is very effective, the CDC says.

Now that the measles outbreak in Clark County has spread to Portland, perhaps Multnomah County public health authorities will identify the source of the outbreak and name the family responsible, as well as follow up on your Clark County report ("Vancouver-area measles: Low vaccination rates made outbreak "inevitable"Jan 26) that Christian, Waldorf and charter schools have the highest rates of non-compliance with Washington's health laws".

In Clark County, which has come to be known as a "hot spot" of the anti-vaccination movement, 36 cases have been reported since January 1, mostly among children 10 and younger.

The rash starts on the forehead and spreads downwards, over the face, neck and body, with red or brown blotches that last up to seven days.

"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said. One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot.

The staggering number of children suffering from and dying from the current measles outbreak in this country is reprehensible ("Officials urge vaccinations amid Northwest measles outbreak", Web, Jan. 28). One dose is about 93% effective at preventing the contagious disease if you come into contact with the virus. As of 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States or no longer constantly present, though spot outbreaks occur.

"So it's really important, especially for the children, and if we maintain a vaccination rate above 95 percent then it really protects maybe somebody that's not able to get the vaccines, somebody that might be highly immunocompromised", said Dr. Karen Brust, an infectious disease physician at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center- Temple. People are asked to go and vaccinate as soon as possible. In the United States, we helped develop content for a new mobile app created to give moms high-quality information about vaccines tailored to their attitudes and beliefs about vaccination.

All individuals are children that were either not vaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

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