The measles outbreak in the Pacific northwest is worsening: 51 confirmed and nine suspected cases. However, a recent outbreak of measles has affected at least 50 people in Washington state.
Maldonado said what is happening now is people are getting looser with getting vaccinations for their children. As many as 1 out of every 20 children with measles will get pneumonia, which can also be deadly, the agency reports. The same study also said the important factors that influence vaccine decision-making process include "trust in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, trust in the individuals that administer or give advice about vaccination, and trust in the wider health system".
"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.
"If your child has received all the scheduled immunizations including the 12-to-15 month MMR vaccine and the vaccine between 4 and 6 years of age - for pre-kindergarten", Missoula Dr. Lauren Wilson explained. Along with Washington and NY, at least seven other states - Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia - have reported measles cases this year.
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"Call your doctor, they can review your symptoms with you and then make arrangements to come in in a safe way so you don't infect other people if you need to be seen in person", she added.
It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash. More than 180 of the cases happened in Orthodox Jewish communities. There is no other virus that can do that. "If it gets more severe, you are basically at the mercy of the virus".
Maldonado said Vitamin A can help recover when the illness strikes. However, he said an older person with a weaker immune system could have a higher chance of a risky infection if not vaccinated. Majority were children under 5.
Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments. "With fewer people getting vaccinated, that is where you tend to get an outbreak". At least 47 people in southwest Washington's Clark County have been infected with measles during the past couple of weeks, according to data posted on the Clark County Public Health website on February 3. They can positively influence the immunization coverage by providing the right answers to queries and addressing common misconceptions on the part of the parents and caregivers.