Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak

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The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a person has measles, 90 per cent of those in proximity will also contract the virus unless they have been vaccinated or are immune.

These new Multnomah County cases are linked to the Clark County outbreak.

A person can carry measles for up to two weeks before symptoms show.

The region's measles outbreak began in Clark County, Washington, where since January 1, health officials had confirmed 49 cases and suspected nine others as of Tuesday morning.

The HSE says while the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

In Clark County, the confirmed cases include two infected residents who moved to Georgia, as well as two children who had traveled to Hawaii, where they were quarantined and did not spread measles to others. Orders of measles vaccines in the county reached 3,150 in January.

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The confirmed case of measles is in a child residing in Western Bell County. This is because you might be infectious to others at the GP surgery.

While vaccination rates are improving, the World Health Organization says coverage is not high enough to prevent circulation of the virus in many countries. The vaccine can reduce the risk of infection if gotten within 72 hours after exposure to the virus.

On Wednesday, officials sent letters to families of 5,000 children in Multnomah County, telling them they'll be excluded from school if they don't have up-to-date immunizations or valid exemptions by February 20. In Washington state, permissive vaccination rules are being blamed for the outbreak.

But it's a snapshot of the scare an outbreak can cause, said Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office. One person had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective. "It has also raised an awareness that measles could easily make a comeback, and the only way to prevent that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible".

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