Measles outbreak - time to get vaccinated if you are not

One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

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Dr. Alan Melnick, Public Health Director and Clark County Health Officer, said that two major factors are causing the outbreak.

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children because it protects against three potentially serious viral illnesses.

Regional clinics are trying to keep up with the sudden inquiries, mainly among parents of children who have not been vaccinated.

The percentage of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine also increased, to 95%.

The WHO defines "vaccine hesitancy" as the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines.

The case is the seventh in Texas in recent days. Lower vaccination rates can lead to higher death rates.

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.

"I would rather it not take an outbreak for this to happen", he said.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.

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

Immunization and vitamin A supplementation of 9-month-old children are the best defenses against measles, the DOH said.

A measles outbreak in parts of Washington and OR have prompted a discussion about vaccines. Health officials say the shots are safe and effective, providing about 93 percent protection with one dose and 97 percent with two doses.

Others may avoid vaccinations because they believe they are unnecessary, arguing that diseases such as measles have already been eradicated in the United States.

Fifty of the confirmed cases are in southwest Washington, one is in the Seattle area and four are in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"It should be a wake-up call. not only for every person [and] for every health center in Madagascar, but for the whole world", Kightlinger tells CNN, noting that some Americans choose not vaccinate their kids, while in Madagascar low vaccine rates are typically due to lack of access.

Research has confirmed that vaccines don't cause autism, a common reason cited by parents who reject vaccinations.

The area is considered a hot spot of anti-vaccination sentiment, with approximately 1 in 4 kindergarten-age children having not been given all of their childhood vaccines.

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