Your Questions About Measles And Vaccinations In California, Answered

Maricruz Casares
May 18, 2019

California and MS are now the only states that completely bar exemptions other than for medical reasons.

World Health Organization warned that measles elimination is greatly under threat, and the disease has resurged in a number of countries such as Congo, Madagascar, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Philippines and even in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving, elimination.

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton, Oregon, and the bill's sponsor, said the move prevents the state from protecting its citizens from a public health crisis. Also, travelers have brought the virus back from other countries where outbreaks are occurring, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The virus can be contracted by someone up to two hours after an infected person has left a room. At first, symptoms can include a fever, sore throat and runny nose before advancing to a red blotchy skin rash and eye inflammation.

Measles can lead to serious complications, especially in young children. This is a scientifically proven means of fighting deadly infectious diseases. Rubella can cause serious birth deficiencies in developing baby if a woman is infected when she is pregnant.

People born before 1957 are considered to have immunity to measles and generally do not need to be vaccinated.

This will be the ideal opportunity for the introduction of the Measles & Rubella Vaccine into the routine immunization programme, and replace it with the existing Measles Vaccine, she said.

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Myth 2: The measles vaccine causes autism.

However Mr Scott-Clark explained while small children are "best able to cope" with the disease, exposing children in one of these parties could affect unprotected adults worse. Another complicating factor is that those vaccinated between 1963 and 1967 received an ineffective version of the vaccine. If you're not sure whether you are fully vaccinated, talk with your doctor. "One dose of measles-containing vaccine administered at age 12 months is approximately 93 percent effective and the effectiveness of two doses of measles-containing vaccine is greater than 97 percent". Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

"I know that there's been scare stories about Autism and a lot of that may be just scare stories but has the disease actually changed dramatically so it's become a really seriously debilitating or risky, nearly death disease?"

Other groups at high risk include global travelers, university students and those who work in the healthcare industry.

"As you make your plans for travel, ensure checking vaccination records is on your list", Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state communicable disease epidemiologist in Colorado, told The Denver Post.

Do You Need A Booster Shot?

Health officials say vaccination is the best prevention for measles. This is called titer testing, and it's specifically designed how strong your immunity response is by looking at the amount and diversity of the antibodies present. If someone has a weakened immune system due to diseases such as cancer or HIV/AIDS, or from treatments including radiation and chemotherapy, they can't get vaccinated. For a list of local places that can provide the vaccine, visit the federal government's vaccines.gov website and do a search. "If you happen to be protected, it won't hurt. If you're not already protected, you will become protected".

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