Action needed to combat surge in Measles virus, says Unicef

Action needed to combat surge in Measles virus, says Unicef

The UNICEF recommends vaccinating to prevent the infection with measles as there are no medicines against it. To date, none of the confirmed measles sufferers appear to have been vaccinated.

A Texas state lawmaker instructed that he's not fearful concerning the current outbreak of measles throughout the nation as a result of antibiotics can deal with the virus.

"This virus is highly contagious", Grosso said. "So we would actually be at closer to what would be the tail end of this outbreak", he said.

"Once infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, so vaccination is a life-saving tool for children", it said.

The city Health Department on Thursday again called on parents to vaccinate their children against measles, as an outbreak in Brooklyn, mostly affecting the Orthodox Jewish community, grew to 121 cases since October. Many of those live in close-knit communities where they share the same religious beliefs or ethnic backgrounds as their neighbors.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health. Research also suggests that children who get measles before age 2 have a higher risk of developing SSPE later in life.

"It can be anything from a fever to a rash, to joint pain can affect your neurological system and cause some sort of encephalitis".

The scientific consensus about any risk from vaccines is that serious side effects are extremely rare.

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For example, a huge outbreak in Madagascar has caused more than 68,000 illnesses and 900 deaths since September.

Officials are working to raise awareness and to promote vaccinations as the number of measles cases continues to rise around the world.

"You have one of the most contagious viruses known to man juxtaposed against one of the most effective vaccines we have", Fauci said at the hearing.

"What is particularly disconcerting, is that this is a public health problem for which science has already provided a solution: a safe and effective vaccine", said Chairman Frank Pallone, Democratic Representative for New Jersey.

The MHD has also tapped the assistance of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) to vaccinate all patients within the vulnerable age group who are admitted or come in for a consultation.

Many of this year's cases are part of measles outbreaks in Washington, New York, Texas, and IL (today, the state's health officials warned Chicago Midway International Airport travelers that they may have been exposed to the disease).

But the CDC says 1 in 12 children doesn't receive the first dose on time, and in some places vaccination rates are far lower than the national average. The California State Legislature made its move within a year after the state experienced a significant measles outbreak that began in Disneyland. CDC experts said an estimated 18.9 million doses of the shot were administered during this period.

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