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

A sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults stands at the entrance to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver Wash. A measles outbreak centered in Vancouver has sickened dozens of people in the Pacific Northwest. (AP

The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak

Kazakhstanis have not developed immunity for them yet, Chief Sanitary Doctor and Public Health Committee Chairman Jandarbek Bekshin said. CDC data show 90 percent of people who are unvaccinated near someone who is infected will contract the disease. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism". The vaccination status of four others who were infected is unknown. The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. 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.

Measles cases have been on the rise in the U.S.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began.

On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years.

Smith is angry that those who choose not to vaccinate their children have possibly endangered her son, through no fault of her own.

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"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known".

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

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears. "I'm just so scared", she said. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said.

Symptoms of measles can often be similar to cold or flu symptoms, including: fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and fatigue. "The virus can actually live for about two hours on surfaces and in the air", warns Patel.

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