Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Measles: Why Should People Get Vaccinated

Measles: Why Should People Get Vaccinated

Dozens of cases of the measles have been confirmed across the Pacific Northwest, and health experts across the country - and in San Diego- are urging patients to protect themselves.

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the US and/or further spread of measles in USA communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says.

Dr. Scott Lindquist, a Washington state epidemiologist, said the state health department is seeing new cases every day. And, separate measles cases have been reported in 10 states so far this year. High fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes are typical measles symptoms, though these usually disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. By definition, a "Fully Immunized Child" (FIC) is an infant who has "received one dose of BCG, three doses each of OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis B vaccines, and one dose of measles vaccine before reaching one year of age".

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

A measure introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Washington - the epicenter of the current outbreak - would remove the personal exemption specifically for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

We spoke with Pediatric Medical Director Lauren Wilson with Inpatient Pediatrics at Community Medical Center about how parents can confirm their children are properly vaccinated.

Prior to the vaccine, measles caused approximately 450 to 500 deaths each year in the United States.

"We know now that was totally unfounded, in fact the studies that were done on that and published were totally false, they were fabricated", Goforth said. Forty-one of them had not been vaccinated against the disease.

Despite the high number of patients, De Guzman clarified that the hospital is still taking in more patients with measles.

The most widely known symptom is he rash which usually develops at around four days after the first symptoms.

It's time for people to stop believing starlets and fringe science, and to believe the Oregon Health Authority, the CDC and the World Health Organization: Immunizations were the greatest public health success story of the 20th century. As long as there have been vaccines, a portion of the population has been opposed to them, with some well-meaning, but misinformed, parents refusing to get the recommended shots for their kids. And that's just one vaccine-preventable disease.

"The less that children are vaccinated, it makes a community more susceptible", she said.

"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said.

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