Vaccinations skyrocket in ‘anti-vaxxer’ county amid measles outbreak
08 February, 2019, 09:25 | Author: Bruce West
In the WHO's European region, which covers almost 900 million people, some 82,600 in 47 countries contracted measles previous year - the highest number this decade. Experts says the Islamic State has played a role too.
As stated by to the state health department, orders for two types of measles medicines in Clark County increased by nearly 500 percent in January compared with the same month previous year, from 530 doses to 3,150.
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More than 82,000 people in the European region - an area stretching from Russian Federation to Iceland and south to Malta - caught measles in 2018, the most infections in the past decade, the agency said in an emailed statement.
World Health Organization recognised that in parts of Europe, vaccinations are growing, but the organisation says countries such as Ukraine and Romania have regressed.
Coverage with the first dose of the vaccine also increased slightly to 95%, the highest level since 2013.
Adult vaccination numbers in the county also rose. For example, if one child in a small town had a bad reaction to a vaccine, word would spread around the community and many parents might then seek exemptions for their own children.
Unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus are urged to get vaccinated, Graham said. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".
In the Philippines, there have been more than 1,800 measles cases and 26 deaths so far this year, according to the country's Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau.
The Department of Health (DOH) declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila with a spike in measles in cases, while placing several regions under tight watch.
"The most important message is to be immunized", said Dragan Jankovic, a technical officer at the health agency's European vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization program. However, it can not make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed.
"Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations mean the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high", said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health. In Washington state, permissive vaccination rules are being blamed for the outbreak.
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