People who were born before 1969 or have had two shots of the MMR vaccinations are considered "fully protected" Pink said, but those aged between 29 and 50 who have only had one measles vaccination are not considered immune, and will require an additional shot. There is no specific antiviral treatment or medicine for measles, but giving a person a vaccine soon after they've been infected may lessen symptoms.
Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centers in New Zealand's Canterbury district as a measles outbreak has widened to 20 confirmed cases with health officials warning the number is expected to rise over the coming days and weeks. "Some people don't get their kids vaccinated and those kids are at a bigger risk than our kids". "We had ten states that originally had measles cases this year". According to the World Health Organization, identifying and confirming suspected measles and rubella cases through surveillance allows early detection of outbreaks, analysis of on-going transmission in order to mount more effective vaccination measures, and estimation of the underlying true incidence based on the patterns in reported data.
A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, February 16, 2019. Further supplies of the vaccine will follow, Clark said in a statement.
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Still, Dr. Steven Shapiro, chairman of pediatrics at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, reiterated that no vaccine offers complete protection, and the effectiveness does lessen over time.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. As of the early 2000's, Measles was thought to have been eradicated from the United States, but in recent years as people are less concerned about the disease some people are opting out of the vaccine, which leads to pockets of the country where the disease can re-appear and spread rapidly.
People who think they might have been exposed to measles or have symptoms are asked to contact their general practice first.