Local health officials urge people to get measles vaccine

Cheryl Sanders
February 6, 2019

If a child does not complete the full series of immunizations in the first two years, he/she may be vulnerable to a disease that should have been prevented. If you're not immunized get the shot Today.

Purdue University assistant professor Elizabeth "Libby" Richards of the Purdue School of Nursing researches population health, public health nursing, as well as health and wellness programs.

Across the US, 10 states - California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington - reported 79 confirmed measles cases in January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of the cases involve children under the age of ten.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the US died of the measles every year. Even now, 20 years after the blatant lies about the MMR vaccine have been disproven, many parents still would rather put their own children and the children in their communities at risk of premature death than take them to the doctor's office.

She said there have been two cases of measles in 29 years in Auburn and both were not vaccinated.

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Our society has come so far and so many great people have devoted their lives to eradicating these diseases. Forty-one of them had not been vaccinated against the disease.

In 2019, how can this be?

It's time for the majority of parents to trust the OR, national and global scientific communities and get their kids immunized.

We know parents want to help their children. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.

Supplements of vitamin A, which supports the immune system and the eyes, have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%, World Health Organization reports. The policy allows children to go to school without getting vaccinated, if their parents have a personal objection, but one state representative is pushing a measure eliminating the exemption, specifically for the measles vaccine.

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A limited understanding of probability likely plays a role as well.

As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated.

One to two out of 1,000 will die.

Measles, which was once a deadly disease among American children, is considered to be extremely rare. It's from 1986, when some in the in the United Kingdom weren't immunizing their children, but it's just as relevant today. Officials in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, reported three cases of measles Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the state this year to six.

"What on earth are you worrying about?" he wrote.

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