Idaho measles vaccination rates are lower in North Idaho

Desiree Burns
February 2, 2019

According to the Washington State Department of Health, people who are exposed to measles and have not had the vaccine or the disease itself are very likely to get measles.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", Melnick said.

So far, none of the patients whose immunization status has been confirmed got their measles vaccination. One to three of every 1,000 cases is fatal.

Before America offered a measles vaccination program, starting in 1963, the CDC shares that an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years. That raises the possibility of more cases among the unvaccinated.

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Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx, which would do away with all non-medical exemptions, received a boost this week when it was supported by Sen. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known".

The North Dakota Department of Health said officials will aid in an epidemiological investigation of the outbreak to identify who has been exposed to the disease and how it's being spread.

You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.

Measles often begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

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