Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Measles cases flood Manila hospital; 7 recent deaths reported

Measles cases flood Manila hospital; 7 recent deaths reported

At least 47 people in southwest Washington's Clark County have been infected with measles during the past couple of weeks, according to data posted on the Clark County Public Health website on February 3.

Since January 1, Clark County Public Health has confirmed 49 cases of measles. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.

"The single most important thing San Diegans and Californians can do is follow the CDC recommendations about getting vaccinations".

Some parents refuse to have their children vaccinated due to religious or philosophical reasons or they might have heard from others about someone who became violently ill after being vaccinated.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10 states have reported cases of measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The measles vaccine, usually given as part of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, can make all the difference. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require children entering child care or public schools to have certain vaccinations against communicable diseases. It's about people who don't believe the scientists making decisions for other people's children. One dose is 93% effective in preventing illness, and two doses gets that number up to 97%. Nevertheless, let us wait for the official 2018 FHSIS report from the DOH and hope for better results.

Though Washington State is thousands of miles away, it doesn't mean health officials locally are taking the situation lightly.

We're all lucky no one in Hollywood spread rumors that the polio vaccine caused autism.

Since 1963, when the the vaccine was introduced, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries have plummeted.

The ongoing outbreak and the perceived need for home remedies is a reminder that herd immunity - the indirect protection of non-vaccinated people that occurs when a large percentage of the population has been vaccinated - has broken down.

Measles is highly contagious. Complications are more common in young children and adults. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection. By definition, a "Fully Immunized Child" (FIC) is an infant who has "received one dose of BCG, three doses each of OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis B vaccines, and one dose of measles vaccine before reaching one year of age". It is recommended that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between the ages of 4 and 6 years old.

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