Measles - Get vaccinated now

Measles - Get vaccinated now

Measles - Get vaccinated now

According to the Washington Department of Health, vaccination rates in Pullman schools hover around 90 percent. According to CNN, Washington state is experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1996 - 37 to be exact - and is now in a state of emergency.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District says state law requires children get the MMR or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine or show proof of immunity before attending any public or private school or child care center.

Misinformation is circulating on social media, said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director.

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Although there are many reasons why a parent who believes in vaccinations might not be able to get their child immunized (including allergies and illnesses), people are calling out this mom as "anti-vax" since her message went viral.

Moreover, many residents of Venezuela transit through Colombia to Ecuador, where, by epidemiologic week 44 of 2018, a total of 13 of the 600 suspected cases imported from Venezuela had been confirmed as measles by the Ecuador Ministry of Health.

Public health officials have said the outbreak could last several more months. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. Meanwhile, two confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii are being blamed on unvaccinated Washington children who visited the island recently. Most of the confirmed cases involve patients younger than 10. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection. There have also been three reported cases in Atlanta, Georgia.

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None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious.

In Colombia, the Ministry of Health has reported 25 measles cases imported from Venezuela, again confirmed by the identification of genotype D8 in the initial cases.

Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a red rash that starts around the head and moves down the body.

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Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

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