Flagler residents, tourists urged to get vaccinated against measles

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This is already the worst year for measles in the USA since 2014, when 667 cases were reported for the whole year, and marks the second greatest number of cases reported across the country since the highly contagious virus was believed eradicated in 2000.

"In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels", the CDC says.

From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states.

Not only did the study not find a link between vaccines and autism, Caplan said, but it found that more unvaccinated children developed the disorder than those who were vaccinated.

Measles has been highlighted in the news frequently since the beginning of 2019, as there have been multiple outbreaks of measles in the United States.

Free vaccines for uninsured and under-insured individuals are on offer at the county's 14 public health clinics.

- Touching items and surfaces the infected person has coughed or sneezed on. The fever starts about 10 days (range seven to 18 days) after exposure. Some people may also experience an ear infection or diarrhea with the virus.

The United States measles vaccination program began in 1963.

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"Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing".

Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is used as a preventive measure. The CDC advises that the first dose be given to children when they are between 12 and 15 months old and the second when they are between 4 and 6 years old, though it can be given as early as 28 days after the first dose. Two doses are about 97% effective.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said the person went into the Chick-fil-A on Glenn Boulevard in Fort Payne at 5:54 p.m. on April 11 to order food.

"I do believe that parents' concerns about vaccines leads to undervaccination, and most of the cases that we're seeing are in unvaccinated communities", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said in February at a congressional hearing about measles outbreaks.

The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine has been approved in the US for almost 50 years.

"If for any reason you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now is the time to get one", says Dr Shoemack.

Marks also pointed out that the vaccine also prevents complications caused by diseases including measles. There is no specific treatment for measles, only prevention.

Washington is among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for personal or philosophical beliefs.

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