Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

At the same time, the World Health Organization said, record numbers of children are getting the vaccine - offering hope that the rise in infections may not last.

Fifty of the confirmed measles cases are in southwest Washington, one is in the Seattle area and four are in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. As such, cases in this particular outbreak have spread among unvaccinated individuals in Orthodox Jewish communities, but have yet to affect those outside of the religious group, according to the New York City Health Department.

This represents a 74 per cent increase from 2018.

Others may avoid vaccinations because they believe they are unnecessary, arguing that diseases such as measles have already been eradicated in the United States.

Non-Medical Exemptions and Measles Hotspots In June 2018, Contagion® reported on a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, conducted by Peter Hotez, MD, PhD of Baylor College of Medicine's National School of Tropical Medicine in Houston, Texas, and colleagues.

In NSW there have been 11 cases of Measles since Christmas.


Filipino children, who are suffering from measles, share beds at a hallway of an over crowded government hospital in Manila.

In Australia, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson made unsubstantiated claims cautioning vaccination on the ABC's Insiders program in 2017, prompting a chorus of condemnation from health practitioners and politicians.

Vaccination rates in King County - where the other single measles case in Washington was is located - also went up. Measles is highly contagious and early identification remains a critical public health measure to reduce the spread of the disease. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. More than 2,000 children were vaccinated in the first week of February in 2019.

In many countries, anti-vaccine campaigners seek to dissuade parents from getting their children immunised, despite strong scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.

In Italy, the co-ruling anti-establishment Five Star Movement has questioned the safety of some vaccines and loudly denounced efforts to make vaccinations mandatory. Measles cases in the Philippine capital region also surged 10 times at the start of the year, as the government failed to hit its immunization target in 2018. Of those, 72 cases were fatal. Concern over the vaccine can be traced back to a 1998 paper by former doctor Andrew Wakefield, who falsely linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism.

Dr. Alan Melnick, Public Health Director and Clark County Health Officer, said that two major factors are causing the outbreak.

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