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Measles Outbreak from Unvaccinated

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, May 02, 2008 11:26 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Measles, Mumps, Thimerosal, Public Health, FDA and Prescription Drugs

The unvaccinated are spreading a major measles outbreak, the biggest since 2001.

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IMAGE SOURCE: WikiMedia Commons/ measles rash day 3/ CDC

 

So far this year there have been 64 cases of measles across the U.S., that’s more than in all of 2006 and record number since 2001. And the numbers are expected to rise.

Measles is a contagious disease that can be fatal. The outbreaks have been found in seven states, mostly among people who have never been vaccinated, including the very young and very old.

13 of the measles victims are under a year and too young to be vaccinated.

The largest outbreak, 22 cases, has been found in Brooklyn and may have been introduced by foreign travelers.  

54 of the 64 total cases reported are associated with measles from other countries.  63 of the 64 came from unvaccinated persons , or persons whose status is unknown (add) .

16 of the measles victims were older children whose families refused vaccinations. A number of states allow families to be exempt for religious or personal reasons.

Today the measles vaccine is contained in the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and had reportedly never contained thimerosal, linked to autism.  Parents can check with the Institute on Vaccine Safety to keep updated on both sides of the issue.

Eight siblings from Washington State are believed to have contracted measles from a religious conference attended by about 2,000.

The CDC reports that 14 patients have been hospitalized mostly for pneumonia.

Some of the cases were reportedly contracted in clinics and doctors’ offices. One baby, set to receive measles shot, apparently got measles from the visit to the doctor.

It is advised that sick children have an isolated waiting room at a doctor office. A separate examining room should be used for children suspected to have the disease, because the virus can remain active for about two hours.

Measles vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1963. Before that there were three to four million cases in the U.S. every year which also killed 400-500 children. 

About 242,000 children still die from measles worldwide ever year and 20 million cases of measles are reported every year. #


2 Comments

Posted by Unsheeply
Friday, May 02, 2008 2:13 PM EST

The statement that 63 of the 64 came from unvaccinated persons is untrue. The CDC reports say either they were not vaccinated or their status was unknown. In addition, there are many reasons that the parents decline the shots, other than the autism/mercury theory.

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Posted by Hailey
Friday, May 02, 2008 3:33 PM EST

I have 2 year old, he has been vaccinated, but my friend didn't vaccinate her son. He now is too young for the measles shot, she is not planning on getting them ever. He is only three months. Should I worry about my son?

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