US measles outbreak hits 'completely avoidable' 25-year-high

US measles outbreak hits 'completely avoidable' 25-year-high

People vaccinated in the United States since 1989 would most likely have received two doses of the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot under federal guidelines, and that is still considered the standard for protection. More than 500 of the people infected were not vaccinated. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of those close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. More than one-third of the cases are children younger than 5. That includes the largest outbreaks, in Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.

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It has already eclipsed the total for any full year since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.

Earlier this month, United Nations global health watchdog the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement reporting that measles cases have spread exponentially in 2019.

The rare and extreme measures reflect the seriousness of this year's outbreaks.

Though according to community leaders, up to 97% of their members do adhere to the vaccination program, dictated by the health authorities, a minority still holds out, despite efforts, by religious leaders and physicians, to educate them that the MMR vaccine as the cause for autism, has been scientifically disproved.

The 22 states where cases have been reported are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.

- New York City officials said some 21,000 people have received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in affected areas since the outbreak began in October. "Vaccine-preventable diseases belong in the history books, not in our emergency rooms".

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But some people should consider getting re-vaccinated, even if they'e gotten some form of the vaccine, he says.

Anyone who does not know their vaccine status should speak to their health care provider.

There are no treatments and no cures for measles, said CDC Director Robert Redfield. From 1963 to 1968, a less-effective vaccine was administered. "Some children may have very mild symptoms but others can face more serious complications, like pneumonia and encephalitis".

To be considered fully protected from the measles, you need two-doses of the vaccine if you are a: school aged-child; adults in a high-risk setting, including those who work in education or travel internationally; or those who work in education. To date, World Health Organization estimates that that there have been 112,163 reported cases of measles in some 170 countries, Sputnik previously reported.

"The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age".

"CDC considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the US vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose", the organization says.

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