Measles - Get vaccinated now

Kenny Tucker
February 3, 2019

Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, the District is trying to be preemptive.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. "With vaccinations, just to see those rates drop so dramatically, that's been the treatment".

As state legislatures work on a bill that would do away with the state's "religious belief" exemption regarding vaccinations, the number of measles cases in Rockland County has risen to 130 since the outbreak began in October.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Kazakhstan, where health officials have reported a measles outbreak.

If a local outbreak is confirmed, the state law authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not proof of immunization.

Before America offered a measles vaccination program, starting in 1963, the CDC shares that an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States. When a person has been vaccinated as recommended, the vaccine is up to 97 percent effective in preventing measles.

The measles outbreak that has sickened 38 people in Washington state has spread to Hawaii and OR by travelers with the highly-contagious disease.

"Please get your children vaccinated", Gov. Kate Brown said. The telltale sign of measles is a rash that usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body.

Avoid sick people, especially those who are coughing or sneezing. They will give you instructions for what to do so you do not spread it further.

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NY health officials dealt with almost 200 cases. "There is no magic bullet cure to fight it".

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the US.

More information on vaccination numbers across the state can be found on the Florida Health website.

The more you know about measles...

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. The newest case had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

About 1 child out of every 1,000 who gets measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.

Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider.

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