Confirmed case of measles in St. Clair County infant

Grant Boone
May 3, 2019

A suspected case of measles must be quickly recognized and reported to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit [ESU] for prompt public health action to control the spread.

Azar warned of the potentially life-threatening effects of this and other communicable diseases. "Not just to protect our own children, but also, even more importantly, to protect infants and children of others - our friends and neighbors who are too young to be immunized, or have lost their immunity due to other diseases".

The highly contagious disease was eliminated in the country in 2000, but it's making a comeback, hitting close-knit communities with low vaccination rates particularly hard.

Nationally, the number of measles cases reported is the highest in the US since 1994. Although no deaths have occurred at this point, he added, 9% of cases have resulted in hospitalization, and 3% of patients have contracted pneumonia. A two-dose measles, mumps and rubella vaccine recommendation was issued for children. If you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles, you are at risk.

After one dose of the MMR vaccine, about 95 per cent of people are protected.

Additionally, if there are circumstances in which parents would like their child to have one of the MMR doses early, such as upcoming global travel or if he or she has been exposed, a medical provider can decide if it's a safe option. Instead, call your primary care doctor who will advise you of next steps.

Meadows said for adults who don't know what shots they received in childhood, and can't find out, she recommends getting tested to see if they are immune.

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So what can you do to maximize the value of vaccines and help stop preventable diseases? The measles outbreaks have been most acute among unvaccinated populations in Washington state and New York City. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, from 1988 to 1990 there were over 100 measles cases per year in Colorado. Additionally, all 40 were age-eligible for vaccination. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. In 1998, a falsified report wrongly linked the vaccine with Autism with a major impact on public confidence. These individuals are encouraged to ask their healthcare provider about receiving a dose of MMR.

For those vaccinated before that, however, the picture gets more complicated.

The ministry recalled that the measles vaccine is highly recommended, pointing out that it protects not only the person who receives the jab, but also people too weak to be vaccinated themselves, and halts the spread of the virus. Most people born before 1957 are considered immune, because largely everyone was infected at that time, when vaccines were not available.

Infants and toddlers typically get a first dose of the MMR vaccine at 12 months and are not fully vaccinated until age 5. Residents born between 1957 and 1963 may need to receive the vaccine again because early versions were not as effective as the current vaccine.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana pharmacists can administer the measles vaccines to any adult, regardless of whether they have a prescription.

Anyone at the airport between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. that day could have been exposed, officials said, and would develop a symptomatic rash between April 23 and May 7. First, check your immunization records to make sure you've had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

"These are good parents, and majority are concerned about their children", she said, adding that many people now get erroneous information from non-scientific sources they see on social media. It is the highest concentration of the disease in the United States in 25 years, said Dr. Joseph Miner, executive director of Utah's health department.

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