Published: Wed, May 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Germany considers fining parents who do not vaccinate their children against measles

Germany considers fining parents who do not vaccinate their children against measles

More than 764 cases of measles have been reported throughout the United States in 2019, the Center for Disease Control reported Monday.

In California, a total 40 measles cases have been reported to date this year in Butte, Los Angeles, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

As of April 23, there were 14 cases of measles reported in New Jersey.

These New York outbreaks, in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, are the longest and largest since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning it was no longer transmitted within the United States.

Health officials across California are urging people to ensure they are vaccinated against the measles, particularly before traveling overseas.

Between the span of January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of the measles were confirmed in 23 states, which continued to extend the new high for year-to-date cases since the measles were eliminated from the United States in 2000.

Measles was once common but gradually became rare after a vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

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It is time for parents to be proactive and make sure their children are protected.

An outbreak in MI was started when an infected person from NY came to Detroit, unknowingly spreading the virus.

"One tool is quarantine which typically means limiting exposure", she said, explaining that a person is released from quarantine once they show proof of immunity to measles. If it happens I hope it's an isolated case and doesn't progress to an outbreak.

Infants traveling overseas between the ages of 6 and 11 months old should get an early dose of the vaccine.

Babies between 6 months and 12 months should be vaccinated before worldwide travel or if they live in a community experiencing an outbreak.

Federal health officials say a vocal fringe of US parents who refuse to vaccinate their children have propelled the outbreak, which has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. "Vaccination is our best tool", Messonnier said.

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