MEASLES PANIC: Global outbreak sparks UN WARNING - ‘Wake up call!’

Anti-vaxers blamed for astonishing rise of Measles in 2018 – UNICEF

Why an increase in vaccinations? .

Just north of Portland, Oregon, Clark County accounts for 65 measles cases, 47 of them among children under age 10. But the outbreak may be changing some of that.

The WHO last month listed "vaccine hesitancy" among the top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019.

The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday as public health officials in OR announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that's sickened 68 people so far.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member of the full Energy & Commerce Committee, noted that one in four people diagnosed with measles will end up being hospitalized.

So who needs another shot? But the measles virus should not be underestimated, says Diane Peterson with the pro-vaccine Immunization Action Coalition.

The disease is easily preventable with the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Almost 83,000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in a decade. However there are some who are not immune.

Sese also appealed to Makati residents to report all measles cases to the MHD for proper monitoring.

"They want to say people are dying of measles".

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You are at a high risk if you travel during an outbreak, are near travel hubs or destinations, or are a health care provider. If you can't remember and end up inadvertently getting a third MMR dose, that's okay too. However, they believe because of the long delay before symptoms show, there could be more cases.

The live version of the vaccine introduced in 1963 appears to have worked well, but there was another version (the "killed" version) that did not.

The unvaccinated person traveled overseas in countries where measles is common and then brought the virus back to the U.S. The person landed in Portland International Airport, jumped on trampolines in Salem and ate at a Red Robin, casting a large net where people might have been exposed to the virus. Once a person has had the measles, they are immune for life.

"However, there are pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant".

DeGette called the recent measles outbreaks "a real cause for national concern" and pointed out that the national measles vaccination rate for children stands at 91%. But while vaccination against a list of contagious diseases is required to attend school, 17 states allow some type of non-medical exemption for "personal, moral or other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"If you're not sure whether your vaccination is up to date, you can check in with your general practice".

On February 13, the MHD began its house to house immunization campaign targeting infants and children aged 6 months to 59 months old (5 years old). Messonnier said thimerosal had been removed from vaccines "out of an abundance of caution at a time when there wasn't enough evidence, but evidence since then has been very conclusive" that thimerosal is safe.

The MHD has also tapped the assistance of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) to vaccinate all patients within the vulnerable age group who are admitted or come in for a consultation. Your local health department can often offer the best advice, especially if your area is in the midst of an outbreak.

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