Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Health Officials Urge Everyone to Get Vaccinated

Health Officials Urge Everyone to Get Vaccinated

News stories have been tracking the recent measles outbreak in Washington state that now stands at 38 cases with two of those patients hospitalized.

In Texas, officials said several counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Houston areas saw a high number of parents requesting non-medical exemptions to vaccinations rules last summer.

Three were reported in Harris County and one was reported in Galveston County by the counties' health departments. The outbreak includes 42 cases among those who were not immunized, six cases where immunization has not been verified and one case where the person had received a single dose of vaccine.

Fifty-one of the confirmed measles cases are in southwest Washington, one is in the Seattle area and four are in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

Discovering even one case of measles in Arizona would be considered a public health emergency for the state. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours. 1-2 people out of every 1,000 who become infected with measles will die.

Davis said you should stay at home and call the doctor instead to avoid spreading it to others if you do have it. Davis wants to reassure people in the community that if there is a confirmed case in Lane County, they will hear about it immediately from Lane County Health and Human Services.

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Part of what drives these outbreaks is the ease of the spread of measles.

In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get the first dose of that vaccine between 12 and 15 months and the second dose between ages 4 and 6. Past year was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases.

But it's a snapshot of the scare an outbreak can cause, said Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response.

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

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