Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Travel advisory issued for Japan over measles outbreak

Vials of measles mumps and rubella vaccine Justin Sullivan Getty Images
Celia Hoffman | 14 March, 2019, 05:30

About one out of four people who get the measles will be hospitalized.

Doctors are treating unimmunised New Zealanders in carparks and outdoor areas in an attempt to reduce the spread of measles, as the number of confirmed cases of the contagious disease rose to 25.

For the 2018-2019, the Huron County Public Health (HCPH) school immunization report shows that Huron County had about 775 students enrolled in kindergarten. The first dose is typically received by the children at the time when they turn 15 months old and the second dose is generally given to them when they reach the age of 4 years.

In fact, it's not really a surprise to see an outbreak of mumps or measles.

"To maintain herd immunity, communities have to vaccinate enough residents to protect the small number of people who can not receive a vaccination for medical reasons", said Ashley Franks, Erie County Health Department epidemiologist.

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The CDC says that adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles can still get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine through their healthcare provider.

New Zealand, like many other countries, is seeing a resurgence of measles, following skepticism from growing sectors of the population that the MMR vaccination can cause autism - a belief that has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked by global health experts, including the World Health Organisation.

Next week, an additional 18,000 vaccines will be delivered and there will be thousands more shipped in the following week. It's possible - but very unlikely - for a person to contract the virus after they've been vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Another one or two out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with medical treatment.

The DHB says it's highly infectious - and anyone unvaccinated who's within two metres of someone with measles has a 90 percent chance of catching it.

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