At the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila alone, a known facility for infectious diseases, a total of 248 children and 21 adults were being treated for measles as of Tuesday morning. Doctors generally prescribe antibiotics for patients who develop eye and ear infections or pneumonia. So what can you do to help keep measles out of this community?
Exactly. The anti-vaccine movement isn't about "free choice" or "parents make the best decisions for their child, not the government".
Contact your GP by phone and follow their instructions on how to get tested without potentially exposing others. Public health officials said they have not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.
Doctors are increasingly concerned about a measles outbreak spreading across the country.
There are many factors at play: distrust in modern medicine and in government; fear of side effects; global travel, which brings diseases from one nation to another through the ease of an airplane flight; poor immunization infrastructure in lower- and middle-income countries; a misguided feeling that vaccines are worse than the diseases themselves. Hence, immunization remains one of the most important and cost-effective public health interventions to reduce child mortality and morbidity. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection. And that's just one vaccine-preventable disease. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require children entering child care or public schools to have certain vaccinations against communicable diseases. Two doses ups the effectiveness to 97 percent.
Experts recommend that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years old.
Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral OR other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
He said there is no way for a person to protect themselves, except for the vaccination. "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.