Health officials link measles outbreak to lack of vaccinations

14 March, 2019, 05:30 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Health officials link measles outbreak to lack of vaccinations

"It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community", said Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health.

"It makes me so angry", he told CNN. "They were persuaded by the anti-vaxers". During the afternoon another four cases were confirmed. Many of this year's cases stem from an outbreak in Washington state, and almost all of those involve children who weren't vaccinated against the disease.

Measles is caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Here, Art Reingold, professor and division head of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, talks about measles, vaccine safety, and the importance of immunizing kids.

The health officials recently identified some new measles cases in some of the regions including the Clark County on this Saturday and now with the addition of these to the list of total cases, the number has now reached to 65, as per the reports. "Severe complications of the measles include pneumonia, swelling of the brain (encephalitis), deafness and even death in some cases".

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"Anyone who has only had one measles-containing vaccine (MCV) dose needs a booster".

All these can easily be prevented by getting vaccinated.

With Canterbury health centers running out of vaccines since the start of the outbreak in late February, 3,000 MMR vaccines have been brought by Sunday and 18,000 more are to be delivered to the region by Wednesday.

However, despite the risks, there is a growing anti-vaccine sentiment in the United States and around the world. Other anti-vaxers said that they distrust the government and pharmaceutical companies.

"Experts agree that between 92 percent and 95 percent of children should receive two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to maintain herd immunity against measles", Franks said.

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