Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series.

Health officials say five cases of measles have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four children under the age of 2-years-old.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was previous year.

These new Multnomah County cases are linked to the Clark County outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.

Officials said the recently diagnosed residents stayed home and limited contact with other people.

The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. The CDC notes that two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective.

While Public Health has urged people with measles-like symptoms to call ahead to medical providers before visiting their providers, there were three new exposure locations identified in the latest Public Health news release, and all three were medical facilities.

Dr. Christ says with little exception for individuals who can't get vaccinated, vaccinations are key to preventing and outbreak of infectious diseases like measles. The vaccine can reduce the risk of infection if gotten within 72 hours after exposure to the virus. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results.

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