Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Vaccine demand surges amid measles outbreak

Vaccine demand surges amid measles outbreak

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The inquiries for measles remedy has risen sharply in Washington County, where this year the highly contagious virus is associated with more than 50 incidents of the illness, involving people who have previously avoided vaccinations. The second dose provides 97 percent protection.

Regional clinics are trying to keep up with the sudden inquiries, mainly among parents of children who have not been vaccinated.

"Clusters of vaccine refusers are serving as tinder for these fires", Omer says. This means the latest public data available shows 4 percent of UP students (roughly 156 individuals) opted out of the MMR vaccine.

According to the Washington Post, at least 55 people in Washington and neighboring OR have gotten sick with the virus, with new cases tallied nearly daily.

Over the past three months, Australia has also seen a spate of measles cases. 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. "I wish it didn't take an outbreak, and one child already being hospitalized, to get vaccination rates up", said Melnick.

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Canada could experience the same type of measles outbreaks that Washington and NY states are now facing because of low vaccination rates and the highly contagious nature of the virus, public health experts warn.

With more suspected cases, the outbreak isn't close to being over, officials said. However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis.

Also fueling the spread of measles are adults who received only one shot of vaccine, instead of the two routinely given today, and may now need booster shots, Jankovic said. The infection is easily preventable by a vaccine.

At least 10 states are reporting cases of measles across the nation.

Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases previous year - more than 10 times that of the next highest, Serbia. But they have their eyes on the 17 states, including many already dealing with outbreaks today, that allow vaccine exemptions for both religious and personal beliefs - expanding the pool of unvaccinated beyond those who are simply medically ineligible for them.

"It should be a wake-up call. not only for every person [and] for every health center in Madagascar, but for the whole world", Kightlinger tells CNN, noting that some Americans choose not vaccinate their kids, while in Madagascar low vaccine rates are typically due to lack of access.

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