Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

IN residents now can obtain measles vaccine without Rx

IN residents now can obtain measles vaccine without Rx

- As part of their efforts to contain a significant measles outbreak, officials in NY closed more schools, issued more fines and lobbied the Legislature Monday to eliminate religious exemptions for required vaccinations. Of 44 cases directly imported from other countries, 34 were in US residents traveling internationally.

"The suffering we are seeing today is completely avoidable", U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said recently.

As an outbreak of measles surges across the United States - with 704 cases this year and counting - some local health officials are trying to deal with contagion in unvaccinated communities by turning to extraordinary police powers from the past. In Clark County, the 70 confirmed cases of measles resulted in more than 800 students ordered to stay home for up to three weeks.

But outbreaks have surfaced throughout the country over the past few months, affecting more than 700 people. That rate goes up to 97% effective after a second dose. The latest figure underscores the rapid rise of this highly contagious disease, which is at the highest it has been in any single year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. As the outbreak simmers, the concern is that the domestic reservoir of measles is growing, making it more likely for vulnerable people to pick up an infection within US borders.

Public health experts say some communities have low vaccination rates because of the spread of bad information - especially the now-debunked notion that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism - through social media, pamphlets, hotlines and other means. But now public health officials are concerned that we have reached a risky point where measles could regain a foothold in this country. The symptoms are unpleasant, including a rash and fever, and there can be serious complications in some cases.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says measles cases in the USA have hit a 25-year high, therefore it urges people to check their vaccination status.

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"We have proper precautions in place", Wilkinson said.

The most recent figures, for October to December 2018, show that uptake of both doses of the MMR vaccine in England's five-year-old children is 87 per cent. The CDC recommends those adults get two vaccinations.

"This would have been 100% preventable if people would just trust doctors and science, and vaccinate their children rather than going off of their own opinions and doing their research through Facebook", Blum wrote in a now-hidden Facebook post where she shared pictures of her son's full-body rash, MSN reports. "One dose is about 93% effective".

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or known to have measles should receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart.

"The vaccinations are so important", he told reporters outside the White House. Now the vaccine coverage under the age of five in England is 88.6 per cent in 2014-15 and 87.2 per cent in 2017-18. Costs of the vaccines will be billed to insurance providers.

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