Meanwhile, some lawmakers are pushing to make it harder for parents to get exemptions from vaccinations.
The proposals and the outbreaks have prompted confusion, and a lot of questions. Parents of infants, children, and adolescents should visit their healthcare provider or nearest health centers to find out how to follow the Childhood Immunization Schedule.
There is no measles outbreak. When actually most of these diseases are very serious and can cause major complications or even death. Measles tends to spike in winter, and the case numbers should level out as the temperature warms. This year, the state has seen about 70 cases of measles.
"The current outbreak has shown that many of these have started with unvaccinated individuals traveling overseas, contracting the illness, and then coming home and becoming ill and it spreading to others in their communities", says Schauer.
Lets hope the drive and commitment to vaccines continues with public health missions even with the next government, should it change this May. Global travelers visited the Philippines, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Vaccines are very effective in fighting infectious diseases. this is the reason why when an outbreak happens, it is usually triggered by those who were not vaccinated. Children one year old and up need two doses. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.
He said: "When I was growing up, measles and certainly chicken pox, were rights of passage as nearly every child had it no matter what". As you make your plans for travel, ensure checking vaccination records is on your list. Adults were encouraged to have vaccine against measles to avoid being infected.
Do I ever need a booster?
The Rubella vaccine will be introduced as a joint Rubella-Measles vaccine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended the two-in-one vaccine created to take care of both viral diseases. Teens and adults also should be up to date on their MMR vaccination and if you have not received a second dose, you should consider getting another one.
Director for public health in Kent, Andrew Scott-Clark, said uptake of these vaccinations is "critical" to protect vulnerable people.
If you were born before 1957 you most likely caught measles as a child and therefore have natural immunity. Once measles is introduced into a community that is unvaccinated it spreads quickly.
There's always a risk that unvaccinated travelers will bring measles back from overseas.
"When we travel overseas, we think food poisoning, Dengue, Zika, Typhoid or other illnesses, but common diseases are making a comeback because of lack of vaccination", explains Dr. Beaulieu. They said that they want their parental right to decide whether their kids are vaccinated or not. Currently, nine states are experiencing outbreaks: New York, Michigan (Rockland County and New York City), New Jersey, California (Butte County, L.A. County, and Sacramento County), Georgia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. "Anybody born after that will require a 2 vaccination series". There has been some concern that parents are getting falsified medical exemptions, so SB 276 would give the state health department, rather than physicians, the final say on those forms.
Mississippi, California and West Virginia are the only states that banned all non-medical exemptions. If someone has a weakened immune system due to diseases such as cancer or HIV/AIDS, or from treatments including radiation and chemotherapy, they can't get vaccinated.