One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

Spencer Underwood
February 8, 2019

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"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but 1 dose is 93% effective at preventing illness", Alan Melnick, MD, Clark County health officer and Public Health director, said in the statement. Most importantly, at least 95% of every population needs to be immune, through two doses of vaccination or prior exposure to the virus, to ensure community protection for everyone - including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who can not be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.

While families in Madagascar have difficulty accessing the measles vaccine, outbreaks in Europe and the US are often linked to vaccine hesitancy - the reluctance of parents to vaccinate their children because of unfounded fears about the treatment.

"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", it said.

"We're just happy that we're prepared and that there is vaccine available". Almost 500 adults were vaccinated in the first week of February, up from an average of 176 in the years before. The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox.

The orders represent only state-supplied vaccines requested through the federal Vaccines for Children program, which provides free immunizations to children who otherwise couldn't afford them. "I wish it didn't take an outbreak, and one child already being hospitalized, to get vaccination rates up", said Melnick.

Denton County Public Health officials said Wednesday there's one confirmed case of measles in the county.

According to Clark County's outbreak investigation statement, all of the confirmed cases are a match of a wild strain of virus that has been circulating through Eastern Europe and is preventable through vaccination. In the event of a measles outbreak, WAC 246-105-080 authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not have appropriate documentation of immunity against measles.

The WHO also said record numbers of children are getting the vaccine - offering hope the rise in infections may not last.

Health officials also say when it comes to vaccines not to believe anti-vaccine propaganda you might see on the internet.

The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the US that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.

Graham did say the State Health Department has confirmed that every Washington case of measles since the first confirmed case has matched the same wild strain of measles the first case had.

Washington and Oregon Outbreaks: The Tell-Tale Signs Both Washington and Oregon permit religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Washington state, permissive vaccination rules are being blamed for the outbreak.

Studies have reaffirmed that vaccines do not cause autism, as often referred to by parents who refuse vaccinations.

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