"In adopting EVAP, all countries in the European Region agreed that elimination of measles and rubella is possible, and is also a cost-effective way to protect people of all ages from avoidable suffering and death", says Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials. An additional case was confirmed in King County, which includes Seattle, and in Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes Portland and lies across the Columbia River from Clark County.
Immunization against some of the most contagious diseases should start at birth according to the cdc.
Legislation in the state of NY permits vaccine exemptions for individuals who have religious beliefs against immunization.
Similar outbreaks have been occurring in Europe: In 2017, there were 25,863 cases of measles; a year ago, that surged to more than 82,000.
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It's not just children that are getting vaccinated in the county, either. There are now 3 suspected cases in individuals who received the vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure. The mainstream of those infected are children, who have not been vaccinated against the disease, executives said.
In the United Kingdom, there were 953 measles cases a year ago. Between January 13 and February 2, 2,739 children and 1,754 adults were vaccinated compared to 630 children and 60 adults over the same period previous year. Only 81% of 1 to 5 year olds in the county have received a dose of MMR, according to Clark County, Washington Public Health. Following the 2014-2015 California measles outbreak in Anaheim, which occurred in a population with a measles vaccination rate ranging from 50% to 86, officials passed a measure banning non-medical exemptions statewide.
While vaccination rates are improving, the World Health Organization says coverage is not high enough to prevent circulation of the virus in many countries. Most importantly, at least 95% of every population needs to be immune, through two doses of vaccination or prior exposure to the virus, to ensure community protection for everyone - including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who can not be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".
"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick.