Is Vermont Prepared For A Measles Outbreak?

A 5-month-old girl in Alabama is the state's first confirmed case of the measles

A 5-month-old girl in Alabama is the state's first confirmed case of the measles

Early Measles Vaccination Normally, the MMR vaccine is given in two doses with the first at 12 to 15 months of age and the second at 4 to 6 years of age.

How effective is the vaccine?

Audrey Peine, the mother of the child who contracted measles, took to Facebook Thursday to warn those who don't get their children vaccinated.

Once you have not been vaccinated for Measles, there is a 90 percent chance you will contract it from someone who has it, the Health official cautioned.

"Is it right to expose a group of people - and particularly those who can't have the vaccine such as babies - to these diseases as a effect of people not being vaccinated?" he asked.

All 50 states require children to be vaccinated for various diseases in order to attend public schools, unless they have medical reasons for exemption.

If your child is older than 6 months and you'll be traveling overseas, or if your baby has had a known exposure within 72 hours, your pediatrician may go ahead and vaccinate.

People are contagious from four days before the rash develops until four days after. Even countries with overall high vaccination coverage, the numbers are rising.

Those at higher risk - whom the agency advises to get two doses for good measure - might work in health care, travel internationally or be more likely to be affected by an outbreak.

"We need something like that here", he said.

"I think we need to have a proper debate so, if it happens, people know why it is happening and are going to accept it rather than it just being imposed without that debate".

Most cases of measles in the United States stem from someone who isn't protected by the vaccine traveling overseas, according to the CDC. Many studies have been done to prove the safety of vaccines and the doctor that wrote the article about vaccines causing autism has even said it was wrong. The virus is commonly found in various countries in Europe, Asia and Africa - including large current outbreaks in Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Verge that giving babies the MMR vaccine is perfectly safe. In Alabama, the state public health department has conducted at least 174 investigations, including 32 open investigations.

Azar and other officials have largely blamed the outbreaks on the spread of misinformation, including a belief debunked by scientific studies that vaccine ingredients can cause autism.

According to the New York Times, "more than 700 students and staff members at two California universities were under quarantine on Friday". They can not go to work, and they can not go to school.