Measles cases in Europe `highest in decade´

Measles outbreak – time to get vaccinated if you are not

Measles outbreak – time to get vaccinated if you are not

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a person has measles, 90 per cent of those in proximity will also contract the virus unless they have been vaccinated or are immune.

Experts can't say for sure where the next outbreak might be. The infection is easily preventable by a vaccine. Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) linked Europe's record number of measles cases past year to a growing trend in parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

The "anti-vaxxers" movement still thrives in many pockets of the United States.

More than 80,000 people caught measles in 2018 across 47 European countries, 15 times as many as two years before.

World Health Organization recognised that in parts of Europe, vaccinations are growing, but the organisation says countries such as Ukraine and Romania have regressed.

The percentage of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine also increased, to 95%.

Adult vaccination numbers in the county also rose.

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Clark County Public Health Department Public Information Officer Marissa Armstrong said that the first case in the Clark County outbreak was a child who had traveled to Clark County from outside the country - information that was announced in the initial outbreak news release January 4. For example, if one child in a small town had a bad reaction to a vaccine, word would spread around the community and many parents might then seek exemptions for their own children.

According to newly released data for the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year. There were no new confirmed cases of measles Tuesday - the first time in weeks.

In England and Wales, Public Health England (PHE) data shows there were 913 cases of measles between January and October 2018 - the most recent data available.

Statewide in Washington, orders for measles vaccine jumped about 30 percent in January compared with the same month previous year, climbing from 12,140 doses to 15,780 doses, figures showed.

"We are feeling this in every country even if at a national level we have good health policies in place".

Washington state Rep. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver) has introduced a measurethat would remove personal belief exemptions for the MMR vaccine.

The rush to receive the MMR vaccine - which inoculates the recipient from measles, mumps and rubella - in Clark County is especially striking because the county has an unusually low vaccination rate.

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