Utah health officials encourage vaccination, say measles on the way

Utah health officials encourage vaccination, say measles on the way

Utah health officials encourage vaccination, say measles on the way

This year has been the biggest outbreak of measles in the United States since 1994, with 704 reported cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have a standing order, a physician gave us a standing order for them.

"Most of the cases we're seeing in the recent outbreaks have been among people who have not been vaccinated, and most of those cases have been children under 18 years of age", Redfield explained. The virus has been reported in 22 states.

In light of the outbreak across the country, the pharmacy has been giving one to two measles vaccinations a day and receives a number of calls from people asking if they should get the vaccine.

"Almost all of those who have had the vaccine are protected for life", says William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor of preventive medicine and health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Not sure if you received two shots? The station also said that person is not linked to any ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States. Vaccination against the measles virus is the only safe and effective means of preventing the disease. If you are not immune, vaccination against measles offers the best protection.

Health officials for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia furnished 100 free doses of measles vaccine to a Church of Scientology cruise ship placed under quarantine in port after the highly contagious disease was diagnosed on board, the island's chief medical officer said on Thursday. "Likewise, the second dose was previously not recommended to be given till 4-6 years of age".

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"Sometimes, unfortunately, with outbreaks like this, we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg concerning what might happen next", Patel said. The more people who are immunized, the less likely the virus is to spread.

"People who might be undergoing cancer treatments, chemotherapy, have any kind of chronic illness that suppresses their immune system, they're at a higher risk of contracting measles", said Conrad.

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Yes. Adults who haven't been vaccinated should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine, the CDC recommends. The state recommends health care workers and college students receive two doses, or provide evidence of immunity. "You need to know whether you are protected against the measles", Bankole said. "As most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, if a child or parent gets infected and someone has to miss work, this can cause hardship for the family".

Lopez said that by its very nature as a resort destination for people from around the world, Summit County has at least some risk of a measles case popping up.

In places such as NY or countries hit by the outbreak, where infants are exposed to the virus, early vaccination is a precaution that may be worth taking.

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