Published: Fri, May 03, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Merck steps up USA measles vaccine production with increased demand

Merck steps up USA measles vaccine production with increased demand

"Vaccine-preventable diseases belong in the history books, not our emergency rooms".

"Despite what we've seen as a huge uptick in the number of cases. the demand side of the equation hasn't been outstripping our underlying capacity", Merck Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nally, who also runs the firms Global Human Health business, said in an interview.

Weaver said that older baby boomers, along with members of the so-call greatest generation may be out of the woods. "That means the majority of parents are making sure their children get vaccinated according to CDC's recommended immunization schedule", he noted.

IN residents choosing to seek a vaccine using this order should inform the pharmacist they will be using the state health commissioner's standing order.

On April 23, the Tennessee Department of Health reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health that a man with a confirmed measles case traveled through Alabama on April 11 and made two stops during the infectious period. "You can't get too many vaccines; you're not going to do yourself any harm by getting that vaccine".

For many adults, however, finding their vaccination records is no easy task. "One shot covers all three, and mumps has been making a comeback".

Indiana Health Commissioner Kris Box has issued a statewide standing order that adults don't need to see a health care provider for a prescription for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and can obtain it from any pharmacy that carries it.

Individuals born in 1957 or thereafter, and are uncertain whether they have been adequately vaccinated against measles should discuss their risk with their healthcare provider. The CDC recommends two doses of MMR vaccine for children, the first at age 12 to 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years.

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Infants and toddlers typically get a first dose of the MMR vaccine at 12 months and are not fully vaccinated until age 5. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

"We know before a person even knows they are sick, that person can expose wherever people gather", Lopez said.

Measles starts with symptoms like a fever, sore throat and runny nose, before progressing to eye inflammation and a skin rash of large, red blotches.

"We can not cure measles".

Measles can cause severe health complications that may include pneumonia, encephalitis, brain damage and possibly death.

Nakashima said it appeared America had eliminated measles, but more than 700 cases have been reported this year. Measles was declared eradicated in the 2000, but people deciding not to vaccinate their children has led to its resurgence in recent years. "Every time there is a confirmed case of measles, hundreds of people may be exposed".

Anyone born before 1957 is considered immune to measles because nearly all individuals born prior to that year likely had measles.

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