Health officials link measles outbreak to lack of vaccinations

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 14, 2019

Reported cases of mumps have been climbing in numbers at local schools and universities recently, and parents may be nervous. We often get vaccinated when we're young, though nothing lasts forever.

Authorities on Monday confirmed there had been 25 cases of the disease in the Canterbury region, which includes the country's third-largest city, Christchurch. Health officials recommend you call ahead to make sure locations have the vaccinations and staffing available to immunize you.

Schroeder said treatment during measles outbreaks normally focused on increasing childhood vaccinations but a third of the current cases were in the 29-50 age group.

"To maintain herd immunity, communities have to vaccinate enough residents to protect the small number of people who can not receive a vaccination for medical reasons", said Ashley Franks, Erie County Health Department epidemiologist. A new measles outbreak also has begun in New York City's Orthodox Jewish community.

The CDC says that adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles can still get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine through their healthcare provider. That's what is going on now with measles in the United States.

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When he was a minor, Lindenberger's parents blocked him for getting shots.

Health Minister David Clark said Tuesday that vaccination was the "best protection against this serious and highly infectious virus that spreads very easily from person to person". Other states, including Missouri, have more stringent laws that allow for religious exemptions to vaccines.

"If one person has the disease, nine out of 10 of the people around him or her will become infected if they are not vaccinated".

"Sometimes, in certain areas, when you have a high population of unvaccinated individuals, certain diseases can take hold". Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.

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