Local vaccination rates rise after Vancouver measles outbreak


The U.N. health agency said the resurgence was happening at a global level, including in wealthy nations where vaccination coverage has historically been high.

Stefania has done a series of media interviews asking the BC NDP government to make vaccinations mandatory - at least for school-aged children.

To prevent outbreaks and eliminate measles, the World Health Organization urges countries to sustain the regimen of high immunisation coverage with two doses of measles vaccine. And New York has been working to contain its largest outbreak in decades, which began in October and has sickened more than 200 people.

"I think there are concerns, you know, with implementing anything that's mandatory - those concerns sort of relate to patient autonomy - but I do think if we see the number of measles cases going up that's something we should definitely think about in Alberta".

The Iowa state Senate Tuesday rejected a bill Tuesday that would have prohibited health insurance providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse to get vaccinated.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral infection that spreads by coughing and sneezing.

On Wednesday, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the province is considering a vaccination registry to better track who is immunized. Unless an exemption is claimed, a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of acquired immunity for almost a dozen diseases - including polio, whooping cough and mumps - before they can attend school or a child care center.

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VANCOUVER-No new cases of the measles have been reported in Vancouver since February 15, and health officials say the transmission of the disease was mostly limited to a small network at two public schools.

Cadesky said every physician in his practice has noticed a jump in young people asking to get immunized, and he's heard similar stories from a number of other doctors elsewhere in the province and beyond.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes. The rash usually starts four days after the other symptoms.

Complications include ear infections that can lead to deafness, blindness, pneumonia and encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. But Collins said study after study has found that vaccines are not unsafe, and also rejects suggestions by some that getting measles isn't such a bad thing.

The recent outbreak has caused the department to take a closer look at immunization rates here on the Island.

So far 61 cases of the measles have all been confined to one county, Clark County, and one single case has occurred in King County, home of the giant metropolis known as Seattle.

"I think we need to take steps in the future, but the step we can all take right now is to have children immunized, and that's what I'm encouraging everyone to do", he said.