Canada could see large amount of measles outbreaks, health experts warn

Cheryl Sanders
February 8, 2019

But he's hearing from doctors and pediatricians that people are coming in to be vaccinated - including children whose parents, up to now, have been hesitant.

"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", it said in a statement.

"We're just happy that we're prepared and that there is vaccine available".

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Meanwhile, Ukraine had the highest rate of measles cases in Europe, at 1,209 per one million population - 10 times the country's rate in 2017.

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The New York City measles outbreak continues to persist, with 67 confirmed cases of measles occurring between October and February 6, 2019.

Measles is caused by the measles virus, which can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The orders represent only state-supplied vaccines requested through the federal Vaccines for Children program, which provides free immunizations to children who otherwise couldn't afford them.

"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) linked Europe's record number of measles cases previous year to a growing trend in parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

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Only two provinces, Ontario and New Brunswick, require children to have updated vaccination records in order to enter school.

"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", World Health Organization said in a statement.

Five of the cases involved young children, some of whom received one round of the two-part vaccine.

The small but loud anti-vaccination lobby is not the only one wearing the blame for the "alarming" global measles outbreak. But they have their eyes on the 17 states, including many already dealing with outbreaks today, that allow vaccine exemptions for both religious and personal beliefs - expanding the pool of unvaccinated beyond those who are simply medically ineligible for them. Unfounded fears of vaccinations being linked to conditions like autism have taken root in many areas of the United States, and the current situation in Washington is a great example of the kind of risk such movements pose.

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