CT reports 2nd measles case in New Haven County

CT reports 2nd measles case in New Haven County

Against measles, for sure.

State officials say Washington is experiencing an outbreak of measles in Clark County (41 current confirmed cases), with spread to King County and Multnomah County in Oregon.

Children who are deficient in vitamin A are at higher risk for severe complications from measles if they get the disease, but most children in the US receive sufficient amounts in their diet.

Also in 2017, The Columbian newspaper reported that 22 percent of kindergarten students had not completed their required immunizations when they started school that year. Our current Yakima County vaccination rate is 89.4%. Washington's exemption rate, although lower, is also high when compared with other states. "It can be on surfaces", explained Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director and Health Authority for Austin Public Health. Measles is one of the most contagious illnesses and can result in severe complications in some, including blindness, deafness, brain functions and pneumonia.

However, we deal with this problem again - especially in the US, Canada, and Europe, because people refuse to get vaccinated. Please don't give measles to babies.

Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed will get the disease. The call center is open daily.

Though Washington State is thousands of miles away, it doesn't mean health officials locally are taking the situation lightly.

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. While it is rare (four to 11 out of 100,000 infections), it is fatal. Measles can be exceptionally unsafe for young children and infants. The best protection against measles is the vaccine. If you're not immunized get the shot Today. One person had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective.

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Children typically receive the first vaccine at 1 year to 15 months old, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

The rest are pre-teens and teenagers except for two adults.

OR isn't alone in requiring immunizations.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition.

As a reminder: Wednesday, Feb. 20, is the exclusion date for students in public schools and day care programs to have their vaccinations. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward used to be a champion for vaccinations, but she's one of the chief budget writers this session.

So who will step up?

Getting your kids immunized makes them healthier, and makes their classmates and the entire community healthier.

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