Measles confirmation includes warning to anyone at Pittsburgh airport on April 16

by Noah Mcgee May 4, 2019, 0:52
Measles confirmation includes warning to anyone at Pittsburgh airport on April 16

In April, the World Health Organisation said measles cases worldwide rose 300 per cent during the first three months of 2019, compared with the same period a year ago.

Dr. Allyn Nakashima, an epidemiologist with the Utah Dept of Health, noted the current trend for people not to avoid vaccination for their children.

This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.

The Indiana State Department of Health issued an order Wednesday which allows pharmacies and pharmacists to give people the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. "If you're planning an worldwide trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling".

Not sure if you received two shots? New York City health officials note that this outbreak has primarily involved members of the Orthodox Jewish Community. Vaccines are safe and highly effective.

"Many parents and doctors alive today have never seen a case of measles", said Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Primary Children's Hospital.

Further, Merck did not report a significant uptick of purchases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a large supplier of measles vaccines to the pediatric population through its "Vaccines for Children" program.

After one dose of the MMR vaccine, about 95 per cent of people are protected.

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"All of us must choose to immunize, not only to protect our own children, but more importantly to protect infants and children of others, friends and neighbors, too young to immunize or have lost their immunity due to other diseases", Miner said.

In 1989, both the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ( and the American Academy of Pediatrics ( revised their immunization schedules to recommend that all school-age children receive a second dose of measles-containing vaccine.

Now, with the measles outbreak sweeping globally, the CDC is suggesting that parents vaccinate their infants at age 6 to 11 months with one dose of the MMR vaccine.

The vaccine is also available at the Health Department's immunization clinic, located at 425 First Avenue, Fourth Floor, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 15219 (entrance is on Cherry Way).

"We can not cure these diseases once a person is infected", Sheffield said.

How should I protect against measles before worldwide travel? Current outbreaks are linked to worldwide travelers bringing the virus from other countries resulting in infections in susceptible persons.

Measles can cause severe health complications that may include pneumonia, encephalitis, brain damage and possibly death. Babies under 12 months are ineligible to receive the vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to the potentially lethal virus.

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