Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Is Vermont Prepared For A Measles Outbreak?

Is Vermont Prepared For A Measles Outbreak?

The CDC recommends that children receive the first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine at ages 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old, or at least 28 days following the first dose.

"Anybody that got the vaccine, one or two doses of the vaccine after that period of time is likely already immune", Martinez said. Most adults who have received one dose of the measles vaccine on or after their first birthday should be protected. And in the face of rising vaccine skepticism and recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, what action should the government take to protect public health?

Merck on Tuesday reported sales of its measles vaccines MMR-II and Proquad along with chickenpox vaccine Varivax were up about 30% to $496 million in the first quarter on increased demand in the US, but also in Europe and Latin America.

The announcement came as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma, amid a signficant hike in measles cases worldwide.

"San Diego County's Public Health Department works closely with the local college community on vaccinations", Wooten said. If you are not immune, vaccination against measles offers the best protection.

Meanwhile, Maine lawmakers are now debating whether to tighten the requirements for school-required vaccines, as the return of vaccine-preventable diseases continues at record-setting levels. "When we have an outbreak of measles, it is very, very expensive and hard for us to control". Berber said the health department has sent alerts to hospitals and schools and is working with Fresno State on a plan of action in case of a measles outbreak on campus. On April 2, the Maine CDC reported a measles exposure by a MA resident who had visited the Skin Clinic in Falmouth and the Maine Centers for Healthcare Endoscopy in Westbrook on March 27, but so far there have not been any reported cases in Maine from that exposure.

"As has been said, I do not want to see measles or any of the other childhood illness that have been eliminated in the United States make a comeback".

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Agus said there is no danger in getting a booster shot, although you may get a sore arm.

The Ministry of Health stressed that while there has been no measles outbreak in Barbados, with the last known case recorded in 1990, there have been reports of outbreaks in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Americas.

"If children are over three years and four months, it is important that all parents and guardians check that their children have had two doses of the MMR vaccination".

When the virus finally releases its payload, an infected person may experience a high fever, dry cough, runny nose and eyes. The virus can live in the air and on surfaces two hours after an infected person has left the room. The incubation period is typically 10 to 14 days, but can be as long as 21 days.

Measles is very infectious and can cause severe complications.

The Indiana State Department of Health issued an order Wednesday which allows pharmacies and pharmacists to give people the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The current nationwide measles outbreak is the largest on record in at least 25 years, according to the CDC, which has confirmed more than 700 cases across the country.

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