Bian: Not vaccinating your child should be illegal
03 March, 2019, 00:25 | Author: Israel Montgomery
While there are several explanations for the sudden outbreak of the infectious diseases, like civil conflict, poor healthcare and general complacency, Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, argued that one of the most serious challenges is misinformation. "It is abundantly clear on the necessity for parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated, especially from Measles".
The recent surge of cases is attributable to unvaccinated persons who travel overseas, contracting the disease elsewhere then bringing it back to vulnerable communities in the U.S.
Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado on Capitol Hill, is leading a discussion on the recent measles outbreak in the U.S. She and other health officials are discussing a plan of action to fight the outbreak.
For Zedler, though, vaccine resistance is a matter of "freedom of conscience", he said. There is no specific treatment for measles, so vaccination can mean the difference between life and death, according to UNICEF.
Ukraine saw the highest on-year increase with 35,120 reported cases in 2018.
In Yemen, where three years of conflict has led to a measles outbreak, local authorities with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, vaccinated more than 11.5 million children last month.
It is also important for travellers to monitor their health and see a healthcare professional if they develop symptoms of measles when travelling.
Indiana: Two confirmed cases of the mumps have been found at Indiana University in Bloomington, health officials said.
"Before the measles vaccine was developed in 1963, there were half-a-million cases of the measles being reported every year to the CDC, 48,000 people a year were being sent to the hospital and, as a result, as many as 500 people a year died as a result", Chair Diana DeGette said in an opening statement.
"Unfortunately, measles cases are on the rise as a effect of the virus's transmission among unvaccinated groups", they added.
The CDC says worldwide travelers who can not show that they were vaccinated or are otherwise protected against mumps, should get vaccinated before leaving the USA. Children should get two doses of the MMR vaccine - this is about 97% effective at preventing measles - according to recommendations made by the CDC. This can cause seizures, deafness, and permanent brain damage and disability, says Dr. Murphy.
This case is unrelated to the current outbreak that has affected 73 people in OR and Washington. Health experts warn that some adults already vaccinated against measles may still be at risk of contracting it. These figures show that if vaccine usage and coverage is not picked up, other countries and communities remain susceptible to measles.
Ong-Lim said that healthcare workers should reassure the population that vaccines are safe interventions against vaccine-preventable diseases.
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