Measles cases break record since disease was eliminated in USA in 2000

2 Measles Cases Confirmed in Sacramento County

9:49 UNICEF Launches Global Campaign to Raise Awareness of Vaccination

The Health Secretary is to ask social media companies to remove all content against vaccinations to curb a rise in measles cases.

When we contacted the DeKalb Department of Health they redirected us to the state department.

Some 169 million children missed the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, an annual average of 21.1 million per year, according to a report released Thursday by the UN's children's agency.

"All Americans would be safer and healthier if we received measles vaccines on the recommended schedule", he said.

The measles vaccine works thanks to herd immunity, in which a population is protected from an infectious disease because the vast majority of people have been vaccinated against it.

The largest outbreak has been in New York City where officials on Wednesday said 390 cases had been recorded since October, mostly among children in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

The almost 700 cases in the United States this year is the highest since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. After a child brought the virus back from Ukraine in December it spread to 74 other people, mostly children, through schools, supermarkets and a bowling alley.

In 2017, some 110,000 people, majority children, died from measles - up 22% from the year before, UNICEF said.

Coverage for the first vaccine dose in high-income countries is 94%, but coverage for the second dose drops to 91%, according to UNICEF.

More recently, one man who was unaware he had measles traveled from NY to MI, where he infected 39 people, The Washington Post reported. While measles vaccine given to unvaccinated persons within 72 hours of exposure can prevent disease, it is still appropriate for any unvaccinated person to receive MMR regardless of time of exposure. However, uptake of the second dose of MMR in five-year-old children is 88 per cent - well below target.

These are the first confirmed cases of measles in the county this year.

"Outbreaks of measles in Madagascar and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo underscore the need for increased investments in immunization as a fundamental part of strengthening primary health care systems", she said.

The CDC will again update its measles figures Monday.

Fore said measles was "far too contagious" a disease to be ignored, and urged health officials to do more to fight it.

"With measles cases nearly quadrupling in England in just one year, it is grossly irresponsible for anybody to spread scare stories about vaccines, and social media firms should have a zero tolerance approach towards this risky content".

"However, there are pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant", Messonnier said.

"The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age".

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