A rash of recent measles outbreaks in New York, Texas and Washington state shines a light on California's largely successful effort in recent years to suppress the disease - though some of the shine might be fading.
"What we are doing now is health center-based, which is phase one of the immunization for children from six-month-old to five-year-old; school-based, which is phase two for children above five-year-old; and home or health center-based, which is the third phase for adult", he added. The President has stated that he has already mobilized Federal officials to make sure that the measles vaccinations continue to flow into Washington state to ensure that there are no more shortages at any hospitals or clinics. "So action is coming".
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Most of the fatalities had no immunization for measles.
No cases of measles have yet been confirmed in the Interior Health region.
Other cases have been identified in King County and the Portland area.
Complications include ear infections that can lead to deafness, blindness, pneumonia and encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. It can also be fatal.
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"Anti-vaccine skepticism, conflict, and poor access fueled a 50 percent increase in measles cases a year ago, according to the World Health Organization".
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease which is spread through the air for example through coughing and sneezing. People who came in contact with the infected individuals are being monitored. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP. To protect against the potential of outbreaks in the state and to protect those who are too young to be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated because of certain health conditions, KDHE encourages all people in Kansas to be fully vaccinated.
Mr. Dix said Ontario's system makes it more hard for those eligible for vaccination to miss getting their shots - and he wants to see B.C. with a similar model. Almost all the rest of the mortalities have been of school-going children. The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires parents or guardians to provide proof of vaccination before their child can attend school.
Instead, mandatory registration of vaccination status when children start school is under "active consideration", Adrian Dix said.
Stefania has done a series of media interviews asking the BC NDP government to make vaccinations mandatory - at least for school-aged children.
He says the new system could be a place in B.C.as soon as September.