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Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease

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. "If you don't have records, you can always call your doctor's office to get them or you can get a re-vaccination if you're not able to confirm you've been vaccinated", she added. Thus, investing to capacitate, not only medical doctors, but also nurses, midwives, and other allied health professionals tasked to perform the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is critical.

As the cases increase in these communities, we sit down with Dr. Julia S. Sammons, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and medical director of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, to talk about some of the most common questions about the illness.

"Being victims of our own success with the vaccine, we haven't seen it", Sammons said. Before 1963, in the USA, before a vaccine was introduced, about 500 people died every year. If you attended the Detroit auto show press preview days January 13-15, you may have been exposed to rubella, also known as the German measles, the state Department of Health and Human Services said. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.

I fear those gains will be reversed as more people take on an anti-vaccine stance, rejecting something that has proven to save lives, millions at a time.

And with increasing numbers, vaccinated people may be starting to wonder just how protected they are.

In 2019, how can this be?

We know parents want to help their children.

That's why it's important to do the right thing if you suspect you've been infected.

Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the US and/or further spread of measles in USA communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says.

A limited understanding of probability likely plays a role as well. One patient had received only one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and the vaccination status of six others was unknown, the county department of health said.

A vast majority of those who came down with measles - 41 - were not vaccinated against the disease, Clark County officials said.

One to two out of 1,000 will die.

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death, according to the World Health Organization. It's from 1986, when some in the in the United Kingdom weren't immunizing their children, but it's just as relevant today.

Three measles cases were confirmed in Harris County, one in Montgomery County and another in Galveston County.

"What on earth are you worrying about?" he wrote. "We can't vaccinate pregnant women for measles, so we need to think about this before they become pregnant". In the United States, we helped develop content for a new mobile app created to give moms high-quality information about vaccines tailored to their attitudes and beliefs about vaccination.

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