Measles outbreak could easily make its way to Montana

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If a person with measles is in a room and simply coughs, a person that is in the same room and it is not vaccinated, can get the virus from the droplets in the air.

So how do people die of the measles? At least 34 people affected are children between 1 and 10. Public health officer Dr. Alan Melnick said that it is fine for most people children who are not yet scheduled for the second dose, which is usually administered around the age of 5.

"The single best way to protect yourself and your children from measles is to be vaccinated", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. She can talk about the importance of vaccinations, vaccination rates, the impact of not getting a child vaccinated, the importance of booster shots and keeping one's vaccinations up to date. Doctors generally prescribe antibiotics for patients who develop eye and ear infections or pneumonia.

The CDC said that at least eight other states have reported cases of the measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Oregon. "Measles vaccine significantly reduces the likelihood of developing Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE)".

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As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated. As of 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States or no longer constantly present, though spot outbreaks occur.

Before widespread use of the vaccine, measles led to more than 2 million deaths a year, according to WHO. Majority were children under 5. Other news on measles comes from MI. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing the contagious disease if you come into contact with the virus. Two does are about 97 percent effective.

With any medicine, including vaccines, there is a chance of reactions, according to the CDC. However, he said an older person with a weaker immune system could have a higher chance of a risky infection if not vaccinated. "There is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a serious injury", the agency notes, including deafness, long-term seizures, coma and brain damage or death. One patient had received only one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and the vaccination status of six others was unknown, the county department of health said.

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