Measles cases flood Manila hospital; 7 recent deaths reported

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

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

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Israel, the Ministry of Health reported recently on the 2018 outbreak.

All individuals are children that were either not vaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

Hayla Folden, information officer for District 4 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, said there have only been six cases of measles in Georgia in the past 14 years.

Measles cases are surfacing across the country as an outbreak tied to the highly contagious viral infection continues to spread. Anyone who has signs or symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body. The State Department of Health is providing support for impacted communities and health departments.

A measure introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Washington - the epicenter of the current outbreak - would remove the personal exemption specifically for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

He said there is no way for a person to protect themselves, except for the vaccination.

Dr. Waldorf also said, "Pregnant women can become very, very ill with measles and it can result in preterm birth and complications for their child".

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"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward used to be a champion for vaccinations, but she's one of the chief budget writers this session.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks.

As concerning as measles outbreaks are, she also reminds parents that many other viruses are far more common. "What I see as a physician is that you would be neglecting the people you love the most".

Before widespread use of the vaccine, measles led to more than 2 million deaths a year, according to WHO. "If you don't have records, you can always call your doctor's office to get them or you can get a re-vaccination if you're not able to confirm you've been vaccinated", she added.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, said in a statement.

"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.

Doctors play a central role in educating parents and/or caregivers on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines which are recommended by regulatory authorities. Today, because of a widely available vaccine to prevent it, measles cases are a mere fraction of what they once were; an estimated 110,000 people died from measles in 2017.

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