Vancouver Coastal Health confirms city’s second measles case this month

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2019

"Children are dying unnecessarily". Many of these cases have been concentrated in the northwest, with the governor of Washington declaring an emergency after an outbreak of 26 cases.

One more child with measles was confirmed by Clark County Public Health on Tuesday, but one was deleted from the list of cases, making the total count stay the same. Demand for vaccinations has skyrocketed in Clark County, Kaiser Health News reported, with requested orders of the vaccine reaching 3,150 doses in January, up from 530 in the same period previous year. But with the recent outbreaks, it's important to be informed about why these outbreaks are occurring and what measles looks like.

This data reflects a almost 8-fold increase in measles cases in the Philippines. According to Duque, it was a decline in vaccination rates partly caused by the anti-Dengvaxia vaccine scare of past year, which undermined public trust in immunization. In 2000, nearly 20 years ago, measles was declared to be eliminated from the United States following extensive vaccination campaigns.

Rachel Levine said widespread immunization can keep the disease from reaching at-risk populations.

Ohio's percentage of kindergartners with a vaccination exemption from 2017-2018 was 2.6 percent higher than the national median of 2.2 percent. Most people recover within a week or two. The vaccine provides upwards of 95 percent protection.

New Hampshire hasn't seen a confirmed case of measles since July 2017, when a person with measles visited Hampton Beach for a few hours, triggering a statewide health alert.

The agency said there have been large measles outbreaks reported across Europe which have affected many countries.

One new case has been identified since February 8.

"The measles virus is very transmissible". The first action point is the enhanced catch-up immunization for defaulters. Please vaccinate your children. Second, the interruption of measles transmission in hospitals and health facilities is to be accomplished by the establishment of a "measles fast lane" to "promptly manage clients with fever and rash". People who have previously had the infection do not need immunization.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at wa.MyIR.net or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Revisiting our existing state laws is both a timely and complicated process, but it is essential to impose legal ramifications against actions that put other children in harm's way. Those responsible for the Dengvaxia scare should not be able to sleep at night if they have consciences.

Immunocompromised children and children who are too young to receive the vaccine are dependent upon herd immunity and safety in numbers. This offers protection for people who are unable to get vaccines for health reasons, like HIV or cancer.

"I have a baby in my belly at the moment, and obviously this child won't be vaccinated until its first birthday, and the idea of going through next winter wondering if there's going to be another outbreak is really what motivated me to do this", she says.

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