Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Ministry of Health advises public to get vaccinated for measles

An Overwhelming Majority of Canadians Think Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory As The Measles Outbreak Spreads featured image End non-medical exemptions to school vaccination requirements
Celia Hoffman | 01 March, 2019, 16:55

The BC Pharmacy Association also said Tuesday that pharmacists across the province have reported an increase in demand for measles booster shots and MMR vaccines.

Measles, a unsafe disease that was all but wiped out almost two decades ago due to widespread vaccinations, is making a comeback worldwide, including in North Carolina.

Dr. Malcolm Lock made the comments at a recent board of health meeting after presenting a report showing measles cases have jumped almost five-fold around the world to 17,300 in the first 11 months of 2018.

The United States, which had almost eradicated the contagious virus by the early 2000s, has logged 159 cases so far in 2019. And while the majority of parents opt to go ahead, the World Health Organization is warning that efforts to stamp out measles - an infectious and unpleasant viral illness - are faltering, and it's partly down to anti-vaccine campaigners.

Still, a growing number of people rely on debunked junk science and other false information to back up their belief that vaccines are unsafe.

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In a few rich countries around the world, the measles are making a comeback. "For Colorado it's not a matter of if we get a measles outbreak, it's a matter of when we get a measles outbreak".

The statement comes in response to an outbreak of nine cases of measles in Vancouver that began after an unvaccinated Canadian child contracted the disease on a family trip to Vietnam. The children belonging to the age group of 2-10 are most affected by the disease, and 15 cases which were reported were of the ages 11 to 18. And 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage. There have been 553 deaths confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles. The virus is hearty, and can live for up to two hours in an airspace where an infected person coughed or sneezed. Public health experts have pointed fingers at social media platforms, saying that false claims that vaccines cause autism and other diseases have frightened parents into refusing to vaccinate, resulting in the current measles outbreak that started in Washington state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that, at about 89 percent, Colorado has the lowest percentage of kindergartners vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella.

People who are not vaccinated are most vulnerable! "Children typically receive the first MMR vaccine at one year to 15 months old, and the second dose from 4 to 6 years of age". Measles outbreaks nationwide have reignited the debate on vaccination requirements, and NY should seize this opportunity to become the fourth state to ban non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. North Carolina has endured chicken pox outbreaks in 2016, 2017 and 2018, including one last November that afflicted 36 students at an Asheville school with a high concentration of vaccine exemptions.

Three states - California, Mississippi and West Virginia - allow vaccination exemptions strictly for medical reasons. "And as a nurse, I've cared for some of these kids that have come into the E.R. that have preventable diseases".

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