Two die from measles in Switzerland as cases rise

Two die from measles in Switzerland as cases rise

In addition, the CDC considers anyone vaccinated between 1957 and 1963 to be at increased risk of contracting measles because they probably received a vaccine that contained inactivated measles virus.

"If there might be a kid who is developing the measles, we don't want to spread that to everybody else sitting in the waiting room", said Dr. Sarah Springer, who practices medicine at Kids Plus Pediatrics. "You can't be over-vaccinated", he said.

At one festival, multiple people caught measles then attended other festivals while infectious, resulting in multiple linked outbreaks. That's the most cases reported in the United States since 1994. The state's order was created to make it easier for adults to receive the vaccination from pharmacies.

Merck, the sole USA supplier of measles vaccines, said the increased demand was noticeable, but did not amount to a surge, and has not required a significant increase in distribution across the country. Weaver added that residents who want to protect themselves from multiple ailments can received an inoculation with a triple goal.

The announcement came as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma, amid a signficant hike in measles cases worldwide. "One shot covers all three, and mumps has been making a comeback".

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Pharmacies and healthcare providers have been notified about the standing order, the state health department said.

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In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that the endemic measles virus had been "eliminated" in the United States, meaning that the virus no longer had a continuous presence of 12 months or more in the country.

Before traveling to a country with ongoing measles outbreaks, infants from 6 to 11 months old should receive one dose of the vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can't receive it for medical reasons.

Measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough and red, watery eyes. There is no cure for measles. Some children may have very mild symptoms, but others may face more serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.

US officials deemed the disease eliminated in 2000, yet outbreaks still happen as infected travelers expose vulnerable populations to the virus, particularly in communities with many vaccine skeptics. The disease is more common outside the US, and can be particularly fatal to kids under five. The CDC says 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people will contract measles if exposed to the virus.

Adults born before 1957 are likely to have acquired natural immunity, however adults of that age in a high-risk group - such as with compromised immune systems - should get a vaccine. Officials urged people to make sure they up to date on vaccines.

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