Public Health Dept. Urge Vaccination Before Int'l Travel
May 26 2019
With measles outbreaks occurring in 24 states this year, many adults are wondering if they should get a vaccine booster.
"None of the patients developed measles symptoms and the incubation period is now over", said Public Health Division Administrator Cheryle Becker.
As per a US-based Centres for Disease Control (CDC), as of April 26, 704 cases of measles were reported in the USA since the beginning of 2019, representing the largest number of cases reported in the country in a single year since 1994, when 963 cases occurred.
The public health agency said that 94.9% of eligible children aged five received their first dose of MMR in the final quarter of 2018, with coverage of the second doses at 87.4% for children aged five.
Anyone who hasn't had two doses of the MMR vaccine is at risk of contracting measles, especially unvaccinated people travelling to countries with a large outbreak.
Measles used to be a concern for worldwide travelers, but now with unvaccinated and under-vaccinated places in the country, traveling at home is something you have to watch out for as well, according to Mesa County Public Health.
"There are measles outbreaks happening across Europe so if you are planning to travel, make sure you check with your GP and catch-up if needed".
Measles is especially risky for children who can develop pneumonia, intellectual disabilities, or go deaf if they contract the disease. They want people to know, that's not recommended in most cases.
Although the virus was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, according to the CDC.
One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90 to 95 per cent effective in preventing measles.
"The vaccine was an enormous catapult for improving the health of children and young people and still is".
"No child or young person should have to suffer from mumps, measles or rubella, and we must curb this recent increase in cases so we don't see a return of awful diseases of the past". As per USA media reports, the officials asked eight people suffering from measles to cancel their flights. Both locations are home to Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October.
In New Zealand, the MMR vaccine is routinely given to children at 15 months and four years old.
The vast majority of new measles cases are children. It is easily spread through breathing, coughing and sneezing, but can also spread before the infected person feels sick or shows symptoms.