Vaccine boost as measles cases rise in Canterbury

03/14/2019 04:00 | 4

Vaccine boost as measles cases rise in Canterbury

The MMR vaccine which immunizes against measles is still available at a number of locations in Vancouver, including community health centres, walk-in clinics, and family doctors' offices. Many of this year's cases stem from an outbreak in Washington state, and almost all of those involve children who weren't vaccinated against the disease.

Health officials in southwestern Washington are winding down their work on a recent measles outbreak.

Measles is caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average.

"Experts agree that between 92 percent and 95 percent of children should receive two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to maintain herd immunity against measles", Franks said.

The number of new measles cases in the first two months of this year already surpasses the entire annual totals of all but three years since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

For information about additional exposure sites in Oregon, linked to the confirmed case in Multnomah County, visit the Oregon Health Authoritymeasles webpage.

The incident is related to an out-of-state case of measles that was contracted by the recipient while traveling.

"I saw some really overwhelming evidence that was in defense of vaccines and when I turned 18, I pursued that route", Lindenberger said. It might also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

"Measles is now in widespread circulation and people who aren't fully immune could be exposed to the risk of infection anywhere in Canterbury", it added. Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.


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