Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Measles now a concern when traveling in the US

Measles now a concern when traveling in the US

In addition, more than 500,000 British children have not been vaccinated largely because parents believe "antivaxx" scare stories.

While many wouldn't think twice about vaccinating children for both their own safety and of others, there are more and more voices going against vaccinations.

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella following outbreaks of measles across Europe.

According to CDC's latest report, 880 cases of measles have been confirmed in 24 states between January 1 and May 17 - the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994.

"No one has been placed on the "Do Not Board" list during this outbreak, and we have worked with passengers to minimize the inconvenience of travel disruptions in order to protect the health of New Yorkers and other travelers", Gallahue said. There were no cases of Rubella. It also states that the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

In the final quarter of 2018, 94.9% of eligible children aged 5 received the first dose of MMR. Figures for uptake this year haven't been released yet.

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"Over the last five years, probably close to 50,000 doses of the MMR vaccine have been administered to children around the state and we've never had reports of this type of reaction before", Chan said. Officials say adults born between 1957 and 1989 might need a second dose of the vaccine.

Public Health minister Seema Kennedy said: "No child or young person should have to suffer from mumps, measles or rubella, and we must curb this recent increase in cases so we don't see a return of disgusting diseases of the past".

The child is now in good health.

The MMR vaccine is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies, as part of their routine vaccination schedule, usually within a month of their first birthday. Gostin added that the measure "is seen as a government using its power over the people and the states, which is kind of toxic in America right now".

The vaccine is also available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their 2 doses. According to the spokesperson, an outbreak of geographically related measles cases is not considered to have ended until 42 days-two consecutive 21-day incubation periods-have passed without any new cases.

'The president has been very clear that people should get their shots...and make sure they are up-to-date, ' said Azar. They are contagious beginning four days before their rash starts and lasting until four days after the rash ends.

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