Clamour for vaccines as measles outbreak kills almost 1,000 children in Madagascar

Clamour for vaccines as measles outbreak kills almost 1,000 children in Madagascar

"We know that there are some parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children, or delaying vaccinations because of misinformation they are getting from "anti-vaccination" sources", Dr. Hoyano told Victoria Buzz. "Others had been hesitant [to be inoculated] because of pressure from peer groups".

"We're talking about 162 people that have been pulled from the agency away from their regular jobs to actually support this outbreak investigation".

The number of measles cases had been steadily declining due to the consistent vaccination of children worldwide.

"I think we need to take steps in the future, but the step we can all take right now is to have children immunized, and that's what I'm encouraging everyone to do", he said.

Among the patients Cadesky inoculated is Maddi Bisset, who had no vaccinations as a child because her mother believed young children shouldn't be "pumped full of chemicals". This year there have been five - in New York, Texas, and Washington State - for a total of more than 120 cases.

"Everything my mother did was with our best interests in mind".

"The majority of people who have developed measles in these outbreaks have not been vaccinated against measles, or have not completed the recommended measles vaccine series", said Kansas Department of Health and Environment Acting Secretary and State Health Officer Lee A. Norman, M.D.

While there has been attention in the media recently related to outbreaks of measles in multiple states, authorities say there are no current outbreaks of measles in Kansas.

According to Dr. Alan Melnick, director of public health for Clark County, Wash., an unvaccinated person can be in the room two hours after someone with measles has left, and still contract the disease. The illness is characterized by the onset of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, followed by a distinctive rash referred to as a "maculopapular rash".

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Another complicating feature of measles is that it can be contagious for four days before the rash arises, said Tam. The infection can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis, and can be fatal.

Unvaccinated children aged 5 and below are at highest risk of the disease, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo earlier said.

It's suggested that infants receive their first MMR vaccine about their first birthday, with a booster shot in kindergarten.

In wake of this data and recent events, a petition entitled Mandatory Vaccines in BC (with medical exemptions) was posted on change.org. There is a number of individuals who are not open to the messages that we have to say because they're very set in their ways.

Bisset agreed, saying her friends are all vaccinated and are pro-immunization.

AHS says the measles vaccine is highly effective and safe.

The latest figure is 2,000 cases higher than the DOH's last measles surveillance on February 18.

Mema says measles is still endemic in countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and parts of Europe.

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