Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Idaho measles vaccination rates are lower in North Idaho

Idaho measles vaccination rates are lower in North Idaho

Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

In 2018, 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles were confirmed in the United States.

"Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, but there are pockets of people within communities that have low immunizations rates", public health officials said. Although rubella was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2004, cases can occur when unvaccinated people are exposed to infected people, mostly through worldwide travel. "Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed", the AP reported. Melnick said one need look no further than his county's official Facebook page to glimpse the rampant (and at times sophisticated) anti-vaccine propaganda that's spreading around the area. "The best defense against infection is vaccination, which the CDC says is about 97 percent effective", added Patel.

In stark contrast to some social media rumors, the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington which has spawned at least one case in Oregon has not spread to Southern Oregon, Jackson County Public Health said in a statement on Friday.

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Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began.

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be risky, especially for young children.

Children receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages 4 and 6. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.

"Please get your children vaccinated", Gov. Kate Brown said.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. "The virus can actually live for about two hours on surfaces and in the air", warns Patel.

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