Washington State USA – measles infections have reappeared in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and also other states where parents have relatively broad leeway over whether to vaccinate their children. Seventy-nine cases of measles have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the start of this year. Fifty cases of the highly contagious disease were in Washington State.
An outbreak of measles has also occurred in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, where 64 confirmed cases of measles were reported, mostly late last year.
But no place has been hit harder since January than Clark County, Washington- health officials declared a medical emergency last month, and say they have seen 49 cases, most of them in children under the age of 10.
“If you have a population that is unvaccinated, it’s like throwing a match into a can of gasoline,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County’s public health director. “Measles is exquisitely contagious and immunization rates have been dropping.”
Measles can cause permanent neurological damage, deafness and in relatively rare cases, death. Samedaydoctor recommends MMR vaccination for all children. Our BabyJabs clinic offers single measles vaccine as some parents would choose not to vaccinate with MMR and a single vaccine is better than no vaccine at all. Single mumps and rubella vaccines are no longer available, so administration of single measles vaccine alone would leave a child vulnerable to catch and spread mumps and rubella. Rubella is a mild condition but can be devastating if caught by a pregnant woman who herself has no rubella immunity, as it can cause abnormalities to the unborn child.