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Measles outbreak across U.S. hits 25-year high

Measles outbreak across U.S. hits 25-year high

Though the number of people affected in the U.S.is still relatively low compared with the countries hardest hit, there are a record number of US measles cases - more than 700, so far, in 2019, according to the CDC - the highest since the disease was eliminated in the USA back in 2000.

Public Health England figures show that between April 2010 and December 2018, a total of 23,024 children in the Black Country - Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley - were not fully protected against the measles virus.

The number of measles cases in the United States has reached a 25-year peak, propelled by the spread of misinformation about the vaccine that can prevent the disease, federal health officials said on Monday. "So it's always important for us to maintain our vaccine level". Whereas getting a second dose of the vaccine is typically about half that price. The vaccine used then was "not a live virus vaccine".

"We know vaccines are safe because they are among the most studied medical products we have", said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Measles is not a harmless illness but one with deadly consequences that most people have not seen because it was eliminated in 2000.

- Anyone believing they have been exposed to measles or exhibiting symptoms should not go to the ED or after hours' clinic or general practitioner. The CDC recommends the vaccine for every American over one year old.

Ongoing spread of the measles virus, called endemic measles, was halted in the United States in the late 1990s, leading to a declaration in 2000 that measles had been eliminated in the United States. Health officials have repeatedly warned almost everyone to get the shot if they haven't already - sometimes threatening fines for those who refuse.

Older records "simply don't exist anymore because the doctors closed their practice, they retired, they moved away", Schaffner said.

If you've received two doses of MMR or have had lab results showing immunity or previous measles infection, the CDC says you're all set.

Health departments are now working to limit exposure there and offer free vaccines to boost the county's immunization rate.

"We have more and more people who are choosing not to vaccinate themselves or their children, and that is putting not only themselves at risk but everyone else at risk, particularly the young and those who are medically vulnerable", Conaway told NJ Advance Media.

As a result, you may wonder if you need the vaccine. Some may need two doses.

That also includes people who have weakened immune systems due to chemotherapy, cancer or an organ transplant.

Health officials are now urging any unvaccinated residents to get the MMR vaccine.

Of the 704 United States patients, 503 (71%) weren't vaccinated, 76 (11%) had at least one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and the vaccination status of 125 (18%) is unknown.

"It was only a matter of time before we saw measles in Northland given our low immunisation rate and with many families travelling over the school holidays the risk of being exposed to measles is far greater".

Cullen, however, acknowledged that the number of people uncertain about their vaccination status could be very high.

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