Measles Outbreak Claims 70 Lives in the Philippines During 2019

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If it feels like we're living in the twilight zone, it's because we are. Meanwhile, a study published by the American Journal of Public Health yesterday claims that the Russians are behind the anti-vaxxer movement.

Despite this, cases have popped up in 11 states so far this winter.

VCH says two doses of measles vaccine are 99 per cent effective at preventing measles.it says most cases occur in those born after 1970 who have not had any or only one dose of measles vaccine. "I understand there could be communities which are far from health centers so I advise those parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have their children vaccinated while DOH (Department of Health) is doing door-to-door vaccination", she added.

Panaligan noted that measles victims are aged one year to 76 years but children aged one year to four years are the most affected by the outbreak with 1,460 cases or 34 percent of total cases.

One dose of the vaccine brings a person to 93 percent immunity. Two doses are about 97 percent effective, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only three states - California, Mississippi, and West Virginia - have entirely banned non-medical exemptions to vaccinating public school attendees, but Washington state lawmakers are now considering a similar rule. Just 16 states allow personal exemptions - meaning there does not have to be a medical or religious reason necessary.

According to the World Health Organization, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) report 18,407 measles cases in 2018 compared to 2,428 cases in 2017.

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The high percentage of unvaccinated measles patients may be a result of Washington's vaccination exemptions.

Parents, please educate yourself. What he conveniently forgot to mention was that he was working on developing his own competing vaccine. "This government is conducting a massive information dissemination and immunization campaign to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated", he said. "If you travel the world, people will line up for this vaccine, because they have seen it".

If you choose not to protect your own children (which is insane), understand that you're also severely elevating the risk of contamination for children suffering from cancer and other compromising diseases. Anti-vaxxers are an imminent and direct threat to public health, and must be treated as such.

The solution is simple: the government must act. "I will stand by any parent's right to make whatever medical decision they feel is right for their child, based on their child's history, based on the knowledge of their child in past events and things like that".

These are not archaic times.

Officials say this is the longest measles outbreak and the most infections since the disease was eradicated almost 20 years ago. What's important to realize is that the measles outbreak could have been avoided if those children had been immunized. In early 2018, for example, a scandal around a dengue fever vaccination erupted following unproven allegations that the jab made child recipients more likely to fall ill and die.

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