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


The Washington State Department of Health, for example, has instituted an infectious disease Incident Management Structure to manage the public health aspects of the incident through investigations of possible cases, laboratory testing and other efforts to protect communities around the state.

Washington submitted a request for the specialized team through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

Public health officials in the state have confirmed 38 measles cases clustered in southwest Washington.

"Kids who are under the age of 12 months can't get vaccinated, pregnant women can't get vaccinated, our school children are not vaccinated to the 95 percent level", Dr. Sheffield said. There has been no connection made between the outbreak in Washington and the three cases in Georgia. Health officials say the measles vaccine is 97% effective. "We know that what we are doing is not working because we're seeing the measles outbreak".

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious. More than a half-dozen more cases are suspected, and people who were exposed to the disease travelled to Hawaii and Bend, Oregon, raising the possibility of more diagnoses in the unvaccinated.

The CDC has warned that travellers should ensure they are vaccinated against measles with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 per cent.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body.

Patients are contagious four days before and four days after getting the rash. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the USA and into Canada.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

Free MMR vaccines are available by calling the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex.