Provincial initiative to catch-up measles vaccine set to begin

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says five additional cases of measles bring the number up to 39 cases confirmed in the state this year

The Maryland Department of Health confirmed a measles case in a Maryland resident on Friday. The last time the state had this many measles cases was in 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

"Thanks to the high proportion of people in Northern Ireland making the positive decision to get the MMR vaccine over the past decades, cases of these three illnesses here have fallen significantly".

Tehama Health officials said that if the county does not receive any additional cases between now and April 11, the county will consider itself cleared of the threat of additional measles cases. The vaccine is free and available from general practitioners.

Lastly, the health unit is warning people who were at the Queensway Carleton Hospital emergency room between 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on March 30 or the hospital's skin and tissue clinic between 9 a.m. and noon on April 2.

According to the CDC, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective.

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Due to lower levels of MMR vaccine uptake in children and young people in some countries, measles continues to circulate. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. It has not been confirmed if this specific case came from one of those practices. The MDHHS says there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

Measles, according to the letter, is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact and through the air.

The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the air where an infected person visited. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the inside of the mouth.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor's office.

"These kinds of symptoms are less common after the second dose", she said, "and if they occur, they usually resolve over a few days". The rash often starts on the face and neck, then spreads over the body.

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