Two Highly Contagious Cases of Measles Reported in CT

Posted February 06, 2019

If a child does not complete the full series of immunizations in the first two years, he/she may be vulnerable to a disease that should have been prevented.

Obviously, some people really shouldn't be immunized: Anyone who ever has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotic neomycin, or anyone who's pregnant, or if you're ill when you're scheduled to get your shots.

But in this age of distrust and fear - of "fake news" and almost universal access to the internet, which can back up any "alternative facts" - this population appears to be growing and becoming more unsafe to public health.

According to, a public health emergency was declared in Washington state and NY state has already reported 200 cases of measles. Surveillance Report of the Department's Epidemiology Bureau, majority of the cases of measles nationwide are of children ages 1-4 years who were not vaccinated. According to the CDC, just one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective.

"Being victims of our own success with the vaccine, we haven't seen it", Sammons said. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year. Moreover, all the recommended vaccines are equally essential for infants so they will be protected at the right time.

Doctors say a big reason for measles spreading is the rate which patients are not getting the vaccine. Before the vaccine's introduction in 1963, there were four million measles cases in the US every year, with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths.

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The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one.

In 2019, how can this be? The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.

One out of 1,000 get encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that can lead to seizures, deafness, or even brain damage.

Dr. Eric McDonald is the director of immunization and epidemiology at San Diego County Health and Human Services and is urging San Diegans who have not had their measles vaccine to get it.

A limited understanding of probability likely plays a role as well.

A child who received only one dose of the measles vaccine is the newest person diagnosed with the disease, according to a Friday update from Clark County Public Health. It's rare that there's a story about the millions of others who remain healthy and don't contract the many diseases for which there are vaccines.

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Last week, 9 children died within a day due to measles, De Guzman added. It's from 1986, when some in the in the United Kingdom weren't immunizing their children, but it's just as relevant today.

At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year.

"What on earth are you worrying about?" he wrote. "Measles for most people causes a mild illness that they recover from a certain percentage will need to be hospitalized".

"If you think you or someone in your family has measles, you should call your doctor's office and check in before leaving your home, try to stay away from public places", Dr. Wilson said. We are working with the Sabin Institute's Vaccine Acceptance Research Network to help generate evidence and build collaborative efforts to address vaccine hesitancy.

Let us leave this discussion to those who have the regulatory mandate to safeguard the safety of the public, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the DOH.

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