Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Washington Measles Outbreak Has Some Questioning Ohio's Vaccine Opt Out

Washington Measles Outbreak Has Some Questioning Ohio's Vaccine Opt Out

"We had a big measles outbreak and we had more cases than any other state in the country, and that can be potentially unsafe".

The BC Centre for Disease Control has four confirmed cases of measles thus far in 2019, three in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and one within Fraser Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says a Kentucky child has contracted measles after traveling out of the country.

Hayden says numerous people exposed have already been vaccinated, but she's asking anyone who may be at risk to get checked out.

A flawed study, which associated the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism, has beendebunked by numerous other scientific studies.

Measles is very infectious and according to the CDC, it can range from a mild illness to one that is potentially deadly, especially for small children.

In Asia, the Philippines this week reported at least 70 deaths, majority children, in a current measles outbreak. According to VCH, "You could spend just a few minutes in the same room as someone and get it, though, the closer the contact, the higher the risk".

The DSHS Public Health Region for the Houston area is urging health care providers to consider measles when diagnosing patients because an early identification, along with immunization, is key to preventing measles from spreading.

Katrina Kertsinger, a World Health Organization medical officer in the Expanded Program on Immunization, says there have been measles outbreaks of varying magnitude in all countries in this region.

"Nothing is 100 percent safe". Akins could not comment on the ages of the infected individuals, or whether or not they had been vaccinated.

Measles was considered eradicated in the the year 2000 and OH had one of the best immunization rates in the country, she said.

A parent visiting the clinic Friday was happy with the school's response: "You always worry about that, but we did everything we could, and the school is doing as much as they can. That was kind of a movement at the time on a national basis, but from there we have not been able to hit those (vaccination) numbers again", Arnold said. California has eliminated it and other states facing the measles emergency are moving in that direction, she said.

But he skirted the question of whether vaccines should be mandatory for students who attend public schools - the subject of a petition that has now surpassed 10,000 signatures.

Nonetheless, in recent years vaccine coverage has stalled, at 85 per cent.

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