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Confirmed measles cases in Clark County up to 64

Confirmed measles cases in Clark County up to 64

"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. From measles, this includes brain damage and death.

The virus is spread through air-borne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Some 33 students and staff at two French-language schools at the centre of a measles outbreak in Vancouver have been ordered to stay home because they haven't provided proof of vaccination.

"Region II is recommending declaration of outbreak but only in municipal level not at the provincial or regional levels", he said. Calueng said measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus.

Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health's medical health officer, said awareness of potential measles exposure cases is heightened due to the outbreaks in the Vancouver area and in southern Washington state. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP.

Recent measles outbreaks outside of the province have prompted health officials in Alberta to encourage parents to take measures to ensure their children are protected against the disease.

"If you feel you have been exposed to measles and have symptoms, call your doctor in advance of an appointment", Mema said.

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When you have a herd immunity of 95 per cent it certainly gives protection to vulnerable people such as our babies and our elderly or those who are too sick to be vaccinated.

"And many are making a different decision, which is to protect themselves and also, in many cases, that means protecting the people around them, because not everyone can receive the vaccine".

In Ontario, vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella is required by law for all children attending school, although parents can seek an exemption on religious or conscientious grounds. They aim to vaccinate 12 to 14 million children.

"I'm not forcing anybody to get vaccinated if they don't want to vaccinate", she said in an interview.

Between 1 January and 18 February 2019, 9,267 measles cases including 146 deaths were officially reported through the routine surveillance system from the Philippines Department of Health (DoH): a 266% increase with the same time period in 2018 (see Table 1).

Katie Clunn of Maple Ridge, B.C., who started the online petition, said vaccination is not only about protecting one's own children, but "others as well".

"I think policy makers can move forward knowing for the most part there is some consensus on this issue".