Washington State Reports More Measles Cases

Tribune editorial Don’t fall for anti-vax scare campaigns

An outbreak in Washington has led to about 50 cases, according to various health departments in the state.

The World Health Organization has advised Filipino parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, as the number of cases of the disease increased by an alarming 367 percent.

The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one. There were 11 suspected cases identified, according to a Public Health news release. One dose is 93% effective in preventing illness, and two doses gets that number up to 97%.

If a person with measles is in a room and simply coughs, a person that is in the same room and it is not vaccinated, can get the virus from the droplets in the air.

The measles vaccine, usually given as part of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, can make all the difference.

Thanks to the effectiveness of the measles vaccine, measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

The best single way to protect yourself and your children is to be vaccinated.

"Being victims of our own success with the vaccine, we haven't seen it", Sammons said.

"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said. Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis is a progressive, usually fatal brain disorder occurring months to years after infection with measles.

He said measles will start with a fever, coughing and sneezing.




The airborne disease is very infectious and can cause serious illness.

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications.

"We're trying to respond to a very specific concern here and recognize that there may be broader concerns we can consider down the road", Stonier said.

"Basically, you treat the symptoms", he said.

Obviously, some people really shouldn't be immunized: Anyone who ever has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotic neomycin, or anyone who's pregnant, or if you're ill when you're scheduled to get your shots. "That is when it becomes very risky". Of those, 34 are children 10 years old or younger.

Measles is highly contagious.

The State Department of Health is providing support for impacted communities and health departments. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.

"Immunization, in general, has been so effective it has been counter-effective to our jobs", Lesinger said.

They are born before January 1st, 1957.

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