Anti-vaxxers partly responsible for Europe's highest measles cases in a decade

Anti-vaxxers partly responsible for Europe's highest measles cases in a decade

Anti-vaxxers partly responsible for Europe's highest measles cases in a decade

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"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick of the Clark County Public Health Department. The second dose provides 97 percent protection.

Why are so many parents ignoring medical experts and choosing not to vaccinate their children based on a myth?

"I think "patchwork" is a good word to use to describe it", said Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health with Toronto Public Health.

According to the Washington Post, at least 55 people in Washington and neighboring OR have gotten sick with the virus, with new cases tallied nearly daily.

That's a huge rise in a county where vaccination rates lag - only 76.5 percent of kindergartners had all the required immunizations for the 2017-18 school year.

Over the past three months, Australia has also seen a spate of measles cases.

Measles is caused by the measles virus, which can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider.

"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick.

The World Health Organization said on Thursday Europe had a record number of measles cases in 2018, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children.

It's not just children that are getting vaccinated in the county, either.

Measles killed 72 children and adults in the European Region in 2018. There are now 3 suspected cases in individuals who received the vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure. Concern over the vaccine can be traced back to a 1998 paper by former doctor Andrew Wakefield, who falsely linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism.

Falling vaccination rates in the United States and Europe have been blamed for outbreaks of measles.

So far in the US this year, about 80 cases of measles have been reported, with two outbreaks ongoing in Washington and NY states.

For one, Washington is one of only 17 states that permit children to get a non-religious exemption to attend school unvaccinated, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Depending on the relevant state and territory health departments, in Australia, there are some governmen-funded catch up vaccination programs for refugees and migrants.

The area is considered a hot spot of anti-vaccination sentiment, with approximately 1 in 4 kindergarten-age children having not been given all of their childhood vaccines.

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