US Measles Cases This Year Reach 465: CDC

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases.

There have been two new cases reported since late last week. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air. Children too young to be vaccinated, or who have only had one dose of vaccine, are more likely to get infected.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic April 9, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on April 10, 5 to 7 p.m.at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti. Back in the mid-20th century, measles cases in the USA numbered in the hundreds of thousands per year, but, by 1970, the disease had been almost eradicated thanks to the introduction of a vaccine for it. A single dose protects about 95% of children. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years.

The number of measles cases in MI is the highest since 65 in 1991. "So we're trying to race to the finish line and send out those letters so we can get any and all of the unvaccinated patients of ours in for that vaccine", said Dr. Kevin Dahlman, a pediatrician with Aurora and medical director of Aurora Children's Health. It says the vaccine is 97% effective.

So far this year in the USA, there have been 465 cases of measles confirmed in 19 states.

We can't discuss the anti-vaxx movement without scrutinizing the specious premise that the measles vaccine is, on the whole, more unsafe than measles itself.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and white spots in the mouth. After three to five days a red, blotchy rash appears on the face and head and then spreads down the body. A small percentage of those infected can develop pneumonia, swelling of the brain or other serious symptoms.