B.C. looking into vaccination registry due to measles outbreak: health minister

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Jennifer Menzies wants to have her daughter Charlotte vaccinated early

She continued, this is an ongoing outbreak in the Philippines and as of February 11, 2019, their health department reported about 4,300 measles cases, about 70 dead and that's from the time period of January 1, 2019 to February 9, 2019.

"I think we need to take steps in the future, but the step we can all take right now is to have children immunized, and that's what I'm encouraging everyone to do", he said. Adults born after 1970 should also be fully vaccinated.

The Bahamas, has not had a case of measles since 1997, according to the ministry, which said the country has been certified as measles free.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Public health officials have identified 69 people between OR and Washington.

PUBLIC health officials are investigating a suspected case of measles in a four-year-old tourist.

Complications of measles can include: ear infections (1 in 10 cases); diarrhea (8 in 100 cases); pneumonia (1 in 10 cases); hospital stay (1 to 2 in 10 cases) and encephalitis (1 in every 1,000 cases) that can lead to seizures, deafness or permanent brain damage.

"Anti-vaccine skepticism, conflict, and poor access fueled a 50 percent increase in measles cases a year ago, according to the World Health Organization". There are two cases who have received one dose of the MMR vaccine, which provides 93 percent effectiveness.

On Tuesday, the health authority said at least 36 students and staff members from the three schools affected are now not attending classes because the students are either not vaccinated or don't have proof of vaccination.

"We don't want to cause more panic than is necessary".

"The vaccine against the measles virus is one of the most effective vaccines that we have", noted Tam. "But when enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, there are fewer germs in the communities, and when people are exposed to them, they are much less likely to become infected - and the entire community is less likely to get the disease", said Dr.

Two additional Epidemic Intelligence Service officers, who conduct outbreak investigations and are assigned by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were set to go to Clark County again Wednesday.

Cohn, an Atlanta native, serves as executive secretary of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and is senior advisor for vaccines for the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Measles remains a common affliction in many areas of the world, including in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday.

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