Canterbury measles outbreak: Police prosecutor contracts virus

Leslie Hanson
March 14, 2019

Should parents vaccinate their child for measles? People are considered immune if they have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969. Majority were children under the age of five.

This could be a cause for concern as a recent measles outbreak in Washington shows the danger when measles immunization doesn't cover as many people as possible.

Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at protecting children from measles, according to the CDC.

With 25 confirmed cases of measles in the region since the start of the year, people are being urged to check their vaccination history, and if-in-doubt, revaccinate.

In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said "It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community".

The Jefferson County Health Department began investigating a case of measles on Friday. That's what is going on now with measles in the United States. It took some time for health researchers to discover this, so countries like New Zealand that were early to introduce the vaccines are more likely to have cohorts of older people that are not completely protected. It might also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

"So that's one of the other issues that makes it so perplexing - people who might stay home if they knew they had Measles, don't realize it is Measles until they've already infected other people", Mann said. The World Health Organization recently warned that anti-vaccination organizations are one of ten major global health threats this year.

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