Vaccinations skyrocket in 'anti-vaxxer' county amid measles outbreak

08 February, 2019, 09:21 | Author: Norman Carr
  • An informational sign about the measles is posted in the entrance of the Kaiser Permanente Cascade P

Fifty cases of the highly contagious disease were in Washington State.

Experts can't say for sure where the next outbreak might be. "The recommended 2 doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection-97%".

This lead to distrust in vaccinations after concerns were made public by the manufacturers regarding its potential side effects.

Clark County public health director, Dr. Alan Melnick, said the measles outbreak is still evolving.

The "anti-vaxxers" movement still thrives in many pockets of the United States. It is also easily preventable through vaccination. Most importantly, at least 95% of every population needs to be immune, through two doses of vaccination or prior exposure to the virus, to ensure community protection for everyone - including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who can not be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.




According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it now prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved. However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis. "There are some more isolated, unvaccinated communities, for example the Amish, where we haven't seen a major outbreak".

Despite availability of safe and cost-effective vaccines since the 1960s, more than 100,000 people die globally from the illness each year - the majority of whom are children younger than five years old in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization, before the introduction of measles vaccination in 1963, the virus caused 2.6 million deaths every year. A measles outbreak mere miles from here should be a wake-up call to all Washington County-area parents with doubts about vaccinations.

In the Philippines, there have been more than 1,800 measles cases and 26 deaths so far this year, according to the country's Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau. However, it can not make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed. Many proponents claim, without evidence, that vaccinations can cause autism.

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

"We heard rumblings of a measles outbreak in the capital between December and January and I just knew we were going to get hit", Lon Kightlinger, a former South Dakota state epidemiologist and regular Peace Corp volunteer in Madagascar, tells CNN.

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