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New York's ultra-Orthodox believed to be source of measles outbreak

MMR — the modern combination vaccine against measles mumps and rubella — provides stronger longer-lasting protection against measles than the stand-alone measles vaccine typically given in the U.S. in the early 1960s Trump Actually Just Said Something We Agree With
Anna Jefferson | 30 April, 2019, 19:27

Federal officials said they are concerned that the outbreak could gain footing in the USA again if the outbreaks are controlled soon. It's given in two doses.

New York City Health said an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel, where there is a large outbreak, and acquired the disease. President Trump has previously appeared to link vaccines with autism and, earlier in his presidency, looked into setting up a vaccine safety committee.

"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.

Measles was "declared eliminated" in 2000, according to the CDC. People who have had measles are immune. Officials said that in addition to two outbreaks that have been linked to patients with worldwide travel, there have been 28 other outbreak-associated cases. The CDC is also reporting a 300% increase in measles cases worldwide, as declining vaccination rates due to misinformation and propaganda make matters worse. Most infections were associated with 13 outbreaks, the largest of which are in NY state.

"Most virologists only dream of a solution as successful" as today's measles vaccine, CDC's principal deputy director, Dr. Anne Schuchat, wrote in 2015.

"Families are being targeted with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines", said Nancy Messonnier, head of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

"That is a wonderfully American solution: We'll double the cost of the vaccine program in order to protect this small group of children from getting measles and its complications", Schaffner said.

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Anyone born before 1957 is considered protected because they likely had measles or were exposed to measles. But the CDC says this will likely take two doctor's visits and cost more than a vaccination. Most of these are common symptoms with people who have colds and certain types of flu, which comes with its own unsafe and surprising complications.

Earlier this month, United Nations global health watchdog the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement reporting that measles cases have spread exponentially in 2019.

Anyone who does not know their vaccine status should speak to their health care provider.

Aside from those vaccinated between 1963 and 1967, any adult in a "high-risk" group might also need to get the MMR vaccine later on in life.

Up to 10 per cent of patients in the current outbreak are adults who had received one or two doses of the vaccine, the CDC 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.

She said the virus is contagious enough that it can stay in a room for about two hours after an infected person has left. Talk to your doctor about any personal risks and discuss a vaccine schedule that may be right for you.

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