Measles Outbreak In Clark County, Washington, Up To 71 Confirmed Cases

Department of Health

Department of Health

Fourteen thousand does of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are now being distributed to Christchurch general practices as the number of confirmed cases of measles has risen to 28 almost three weeks after the outbreak began.

Seeds of doubt are often planted by misleading, or worse, entirely false information being spread in campaigns that target parents on social media and the internet.

She says doctors need to help parents distinguish fact from fiction.

The Vancouver-area outbreak now stands at 71 confirmed cases of measles.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that it will step up its measles vaccination activities among school children from Kindergarten to Grade six before the end of the academic year. Some parents may question, hesitate or delay vaccinating their children for a variety of reasons, but they all want to protect their children from harm.

Tam mentioned that she has a plan to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in order to make the health of children a shared priority by addressing the misinformation around vaccines and its alternatives.

"We are targeting to vaccinate our schoolchildren at this time before school closes on April 5, since we are nearly finished vaccinating in our health centers", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Wellington early childhood centres and schools have been sent letters warning them about the risks of measles, as outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease crop up across the country. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles. Some have spoken of hard recoveries that have taken weeks or months, sometimes leaving permanent disabilities, and heartbreakingly, some have spoken about losing their children.

A Sydney baby - too young to receive their routine measles vaccine - also developed the disease after arriving home from the Philippines.

Sadly, as a paediatric infectious disease specialist, I have witnessed the devastating effects of vaccine preventable diseases on the lives of children and their families.