Vancouver-area child diagnosed with measles -- but total stays at 58

Washington measles outbreak Why we should fear this vaccine-preventable disease

Measles outbreaks are the fault of anti-vaxxers, says World Health Organization

In Italy, where the current governing coalition had pledged to drop a law banning children without vaccination from starting pre-school (the coalition has since reversed its position), health officials have declared a 'measles emergency, ' as nearly one quarter of all measles cases in Europe in 2017 were reported in Italy. Washington's Clark County now has 53 confirmed cases as well.

Most parents making such decisions have never seen up-close the ravages of diseases like polio that were all but eliminated thanks to vaccinations.

According to the World Health Organization, there were more than 20,000 reported measles cases in the Philippines as of December 2018-a 500 percent increase on the previous year. "I understand there could be communities which are far from health centers so I advise those parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have their children vaccinated while DOH (Department of Health) is doing door-to-door vaccination", she added.

New Hampshire does not allow exemptions on philosophical grounds - basically, whenever the parents don't want their children vaccinated.

An ongoing measles outbreak in the Philippines has killed at least 70 people in the past month, with anti-vax conspiracy theorists blamed for a fall in the rate of protected children.

To notify Americans when visiting the Philippines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level I Travel Alert during May 2018.

Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia. The only year with a higher case count was 2014: numerous 667 cases that year were linked to an outbreak in the Philippines, and many occurred among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH, according to the CDC.

VCH says two doses of measles vaccine are 99 per cent effective at preventing measles.it says most cases occur in those born after 1970 who have not had any or only one dose of measles vaccine. The third action point is related to "strengthening measles surveillance and advocacy", including the intensification of the advocacy against measles and the provision of "proper health information on the benefits and importance of immunization and risk for nonvaccination". Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10 to 12 days after infection, include high fever, a runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth.

Parents must ensure that their older children are vaccinated against measles to also provide some protection, as they will be unable to pass the virus on to their infant brother or sister. The push against vaccinations has too many debunked reasons to count - and new ones seem to pop up as soon as science strikes another one down - though most prevalent is the belief inoculations are linked to autism, the result of a discredited study by Andrew Wakefield. Demand for vaccinations has skyrocketed in Clark County, Kaiser Health News reported, with requested orders of the vaccine reaching 3,150 doses in January, up from 530 in the same period past year. The outbreak is being blamed in part on low vaccination rates in Washington state. A full course of the measles vaccine - which consists of two doses - is about 97% effective at stopping the measles, while a single dose is 93% effective.

A similar measure failed in 2015 after facing opposition. You do not have the right put the lives of other people's children in danger.

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