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

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Thus far, Brazil has reported most of the imported measles cases during 2018.

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines. The more people start opting out, the broader the risk becomes.

But in recent years, there's been a resurgence of the disease both in the United States and overseas, and experts believe its return is fueled by anti-vaccination laws, groups and lobbies, experts say.

People who think they may have the measles should call their health care provider before showing up so the facility can take steps to limit other people's exposure.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", Melnick said.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism. The best way to stop this outbreak in its tracks is to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated". 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. Pregnant women who contract rubella are at risk for miscarriage or stillbirth, and their developing babies are at risk for severe birth defects with devastating, lifelong consequences.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young.

Though being unvaccinated obviously left the sick individuals vulnerable to the disease, but those cases have not been connected to the Washington state outbreak and it is unclear how they contracted it.

Clark County officials say they now have 38 confirmed cases and 13 suspected cases.

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