Measles cases in Europe tripled past year, World Health Organization says

Measles cases in Europe tripled past year, World Health Organization says

Measles cases in Europe tripled past year, World Health Organization says

More than 82,000 people in Europe were infected with the measles in 2018, marking the highest number of cases reported in the region this decade, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

That helps explain why public health officials get so concerned when outbreaks occur, which they have been with increasing frequency in recent years. "We have vaccines that are very cheap, very effective, and very, very safe".

The percentage of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine also increased, to 95%.

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. Forty-two patients were not immunized against the virus, while health officials had not verified the immunization status of six patients.

The orders represent only state-supplied vaccines requested through the federal Vaccines for Children program, which provides free immunizations to children who otherwise couldn't afford them. Julie Graham, a public information officer with the Health Department, said those reports are inaccurate.

Experts can't say for sure where the next outbreak might be.

As of Wednesday, the Clark County Public Health Department had confirmed 50 cases of meales since January 1.

According to officials, since January 1, 50 incidents of measles have been reaffirmed in Clark County, and another 11 incidents are assumed.

However, New York legislation opposes philosophical exemptions for vaccinations, meaning that children must be up-to-date on required vaccinations in order to attend school unless they have a religious or medical exemption. The number of US children who have not been vaccinated for preventable diseases quadrupled between 2001 and 2018, according to the CDC. In a statement, Jay Inslee-Washington's Governor-stated that measles is an extremely contagious transferable disease that can be deadly in small children.

Also fueling the spread of measles are adults who received only one shot of vaccine, instead of the two routinely given today, and may now need booster shots, Jankovic said. Seventy-nine cases of measles have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the start of this year.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Legislation in the state of NY permits vaccine exemptions for individuals who have religious beliefs against immunization.

Research has confirmed that vaccines don't cause autism, a common reason cited by parents who reject vaccinations.

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