Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Measles - Get vaccinated now

Measles - Get vaccinated now

In Georgia, the Department of Health has confirmed that three members of the same family had contracted the disease.

Washington submitted a request for the specialized team through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

A further case has been confirmed in Multnomah County in OR, which has been connected to the outbreak in Washington. And the potentially deadly disease is making a comeback mostly in unvaccinated children: Of the total reported cases, 32 were in unvaccinated people, 25 of whom were children under the age of 10.

The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.

"I wouldn't say there's any reason to worry, I'd just say folks should get prepared as best they can", Henderson said.

Signss posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak that has sickened 40 people in the Pacific Northwest and has spread to Hawaii and Oregon.

The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection.

Dr. Sheffield said that a population has to be 95 percent vaccinated before it's possible to keep people from being infected.

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Opposition to vaccines is generally based on junk science that has been endorsed by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy who, with Oprah's help, falsely hinted that there may be something unsafe about the measles vaccine.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious.

The measles outbreak that has sickened 38 people in Washington state has spread to Hawaii and OR by travelers with the highly-contagious disease. Because measles is contagious even before people realize they are sick, people who are not vaccinated may unknowingly spread the virus.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

If you don't think you ever had an MMRV vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella/chickenpox), contact your healthcare provider for immunizations.

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