Do You Need a Measles Booster?

Grant Boone
May 5, 2019

And public health officials say it's a reminder of the importance of vaccinations.

As measles spreads fast, diagnosis becomes more essential. UNICEF research released last week shows that 2,5 million children in the USA did not receive MMR vaccine between 2010 and 2017, followed by France and the United Kingdom, with over 600,000 and 500,000 unvaccinated infants, respectively, during the same period.

Health officials blame the anti-vaccination movement - based on fear and fake science - for the nationwide outbreak. "It's airborne and so if you sneeze or cough or breath on something you could come back two hours later and touch that area and still pick it up", Lynn Hostetler, pharmacist, and owner of Lynn's pharmacy said.

Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat.

Anyone born before 1957 is considered immune to measles because nearly all individuals born prior to that year likely had measles.

He said anyone born from the 1960's to the late 1980's might want to check their immunization records, as during that time the policy was to only get one dose of the vaccine. It was a much smaller community than New York City or Los Angeles and was tamed by an intense investigation and vaccination campaign that involved 230 health workers tracking down infected people and those they had contact with, at a cost of about $865,000.

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Dr. Jonathan Temte, a professor of family medicine community health at UW and chair of the Wisconsin Council on Immunization, said it is only a matter of time before Wisconsin could see a case. Outbreaks can still happen but are triggered by travel to countries where the disease is not eliminated.

A highly successful vaccination program caused the number of measles cases to plummet in the USA, but the disease remains endemic in other parts of the world, where it claims tens of thousands of lives annually. There have been no confirmed measles deaths in the USA this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a warning about the number of measles cases in the United States. However, vaccines given before 12 months of age do not provide lasting immunity, and the child will still need two doses after their 1st birthday.

The number of measles cases in the United States has reached a 25-year peak, propelled by the spread of misinformation about the vaccine that can prevent the disease, federal health officials say. "Many schools, colleges, and universities required students to get a second dose before they enrolled".

"It can help, but it can't hurt", Giorgio said. Two doses prevent measles after exposure by 97 percent.

In an emotional part of the post, Blum said her son had been sick for one-fifth of his life and probably "thinks this is part of life". Overall, 2,207 were left without full protection - giving an overall vaccination rate of 92.6 per cent.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday finally voiced opposition to religious exemptions for vaccinations, following the massive measles outbreak in an orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn.

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