Parents concerned babies can not be vaccinated amid measles outbreak in US


The measles outbreak that has sickened 38 people in Washington state has spread to Hawaii and OR by travelers with the highly-contagious disease. There have been 38 confirmed and 13 suspected cases so far. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized.

People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency because of the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is outlining the scope of the outbreak, and detailing what can be done to stop it in its tracks. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent". In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young.

Measles was the No. 1 killer of children worldwide before the vaccine was made available in 1963. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

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Of course, the outbreak has many parents concerned for the health of their kids.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants.

"We love to normally get out of the house, we go on trips to Target, out to eat, and we've just kind of been staying inside".

Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, red and watery eyes, and a rash that usually appears around three days after symptoms first manifest.

People who think they may have the measles should call their health care provider before showing up so the facility can take steps to limit other people's exposure.

Two children who traveled to Hawaii were not contagious when they flew, Melnick said, and they were quarantined in the islands once they arrived.