Measles Outbreak Worsens. Response is in a syringe. But there are other steps too.
Europe Union is fighting Measles with Massive Effort. WHO (Euro Region) plus EU member-state campaigns helping.
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn is not taking the Measles outbreak lightly.
Vaccinate or pay a fine of 2500 euros.
“The planned vaccination obligation is to protect all children from getting infected with measles,” he said on Sunday to the German publication BILD. “If this law is disregarded the fines go up to 2500 euros,” he added.
Important. Medical workers who can get to remote areas are rare so when they come to vaccinate you, step up and get it done.
Happy MMR Vaccination! Stay safe from Measles. Those who get the infection are spreading it and putting children at risk. Measles is very dangerous for children, many of whom cannot be vaccinated until the reach a certain age.
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Here is the Mission of all workers in this crisis as set out by the UN and the WHO.
- Ensure that all population groups have equitable access to vaccination services and that these are convenient
- Identify who has been missed in the past and reach them with the vaccines they need
- Ensure that health workers are vaccinated to prevent transmission in health facilities, and that they have sufficient technical knowledge about vaccines and the immune system to feel confident in recommending vaccination to their patients
- Strengthen public trust in vaccines and health authorities
- Secure access to a timely and affordable supply of vaccines
- Improve outbreak detection and response
- Listen and respond to people’s concerns and respond to any health event that could be potentially related to vaccine safety.
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In a German Public Health statement issued yesterday German Health Minister Spahn is quoted as telling media that “We want to protect all children from getting infected with measles. That’s why anyone visiting a kindergarten or school should be vaccinated against measles. Anyone who is admitted there must prove it. If you are already cared for there, you have to hand in your proof by 31 July next year. All parents should be sure that their children will not be infected and endangered by others with measles.”
Germany is not the only case of government getting tough on the anti-vaccination cults. California in 2015, state passed SB 277 to abolish non medical exemptions for the vaccinations legally required for school enrollment after a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland infected 117 Californians, most of them not vaccinated.
Dr. Richard Pan, a practicing pediatrician and a California state senator (D-Sacramento) writes in The LA Times today that “SB 277 raised immunization rates above 95% in the last two kindergarten classes, which may be blunting the spread of measles brought into our state.”
“But we need further measures,” Dr. Pan adds.
Here’s the gist of the problem. This is what people need to understand, says Behar Abassi who has begun vaccinating thousands of people in the Middle East.
Community immunity, the shield that protects babies and others who cannot be vaccinated, requires that the people surrounding them at school and in their communities are vaccinated. (Dr. Pan)
Source: World Health Organization
Monthly distribution and classification of measles cases, January 2017– February 2019, European Region
The United States’ Measles outbreaks are currently ongoing in 2019 in the following jurisdictions:
- New York State, Rockland
- New York City
- New Jersey
- California, Butte County
- California, LA County
- California, Sacramento County
The CDC claims that these outbreaks are in some cases linked to travelers who brought measles into the United States from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring.
CDC is asking Americans to “Make sure you are vaccinated against measles before traveling internationally.”
The European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020 (EVAP) sets out that at least 95% of individuals in every population needs to be immune, through two doses of vaccination or prior exposure to the virus, to ensure community protection for everyone – including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who cannot be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Transmission from person-to-person is airborne, as well as by direct or indirect contact of secretions (nasal, throat) of an infected person. The virus can cause widespread outbreaks in the presence of large numbers of susceptible persons. – WHO / CDC
In previous FPMag articles, numerous doctors are cited saying the same things about the worrisome spread of Measles.
Referring to FPMag.net/vaccinate, Dr. Buni says from Syria, “This article does not push anything at patients but it does teach them how to keep their kids safe.”
Here are some important prevention steps for families and some help for those who have been infected at FPMag.net/vaccinate.
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Source: CDC and WHO see reference and bibliography links below.
Note: Measles. “Hygiene, respirator masks and food preparation. Here are some important prevention steps for families and some help for those patients who have been infected.” Visit FPMag.net/vaccinate
Even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, in 2017, there were 110 000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of five.
Measles vaccination resulted in a 80% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2017 worldwide.
In 2017, about 85% of the world’s children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 72% in 2000.
During 2000-2017, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health.
Approximately 110 000 people died from measles in 2017 – mostly children under the age of 5 years, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.
Measles is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the respiratory tract, then spreads throughout the body. Measles is a human disease and is not known to occur in animals.
Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. During 2000– 2017, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths. Global measles deaths have decreased by 80% from an estimated 545 000 in 2000* to 110 000 in 2017.
Signs and symptoms
Most measles-related deaths are caused by complications associated with the disease. Serious complications are more common in children under the age of 5, or adults over the age of 30. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia. Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases.
– Sources, World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control For more information