This year has been the worst year for measles since at least 2014 and is already the second worst since the virus was removed from the United States in 2000. The rash Red has been coming back as parents refuse to vaccinate their children and unvaccinated travelers bring the disease back from other countries. In 2014, 667 cases were confirmed, according to the CDC.
Rockland County in New York took the incredible step of banning unvaccinated children from public places such as schools, restaurants, mills and places of worship. There have been 157 confirmed cases of measles in the county, and the vast majority of those people have not received the vaccine, according to the county.
Cheryl Healton, dean of the University of New York's Global Public Health College, said she had some sympathy with the county health department in taking this step. However, we are worried that he could attract parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, known as antivirals.
It's a carrot or stick. They chose the stick. There is a lot of evidence that the carrots are working better than when you use the car. Stick, that's why it's not used. You can get a better response by appealing to the superior nature of people, "he said.
The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, headaches and rubella, is the best way to protect against measles. Two doses, the recommended amount, provide 97 per cent protection against measles. Yet some parents refuse to vaccinate their children, noting religious reasons or false information that vaccines cause autism.
Measles is very infectious, infecting up to 90 per cent of unvaccinated people exposed to it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus can live in the air for up to two hours after coughing or sneezing a person to infect, according to the CDC, which means people can be exposed to it without ever knowing. People can become infected for days before showing the signs of the virus, such as fever, nose running or rash.
Measles can be particularly dangerous for young children, says the GDC. It can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain and even death. The CDC recommends that children receive their first dose of MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age and a second dose when they are between 4 and 6 years of age.
The CDC says that the current outbreak of measles in the US is mainly associated with people traveling internationally to countries such as Israel and Ukraine t we are experiencing great cases. We spread quickly in close religious communities, such as New York's Orthodox Jewish community, where many people choose not to be vaccinated.
Public health officers are desperately trying to reassure parents that vaccines are safe and that this is the best way to protect their children from dangerous and potentially fatal diseases such as measles. The anti-vaxxing movement, which advocates against vaccination, has been pushing studies that have now been vaccinated and suggested that there is a link between vaccines and autism.
Most recently, a study of more than 650,000 children between 1999 and 2010 found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine.
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