Tourists encouraged to get vaccinated after measles case reported in Florida

Tourists encouraged to get vaccinated after measles case reported in Florida

Almost two-thirds of all cases have been in the state of NY, and 85% of the latest week's cases came from the state.

Health officials shut down four schools last week, and a pre-school this week, for "refusing to confirm or deny that all of their attendees had received the MMR shot", the Daily Mail reported.

Cases of measles are on the rise, and the story of an Israeli flight attendant is reminding us just how unsafe the virus can be.

USA measles cases are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.


"Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of illness to others", said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD in a statement.

In addition to properly vaccinating healthy children to prevent disease, adults can also take steps to avoid contracting and spreading the measles virus. Spring travel and attending large-scale events, especially in places with ongoing outbreaks, can increase your chances of exposure to measles.

Recommended childhood vaccines, including measles, are provided free of charge. The message stated that there was "no need for alarm, but as a district, we want to be prepared as possible to mitigate the spread of measles". It's been standard practice to get two doses since 1989.

These children are highly contagious.


Once considered eliminated, measles is again on the rise with more cases this year already than in all of 2018.

Measles' extreme contagiousness is due in part to the fact that once it is launched into the air from a cough or sneeze it can remain airborne and infectious for up to two hours. Infections were mostly centered in ultra-Orthodox communities were vaccination rates were low.

To be clear, it is NOT a health risk if you are not sure whether you were vaccinated and get vaccinated again, but the CDC advises that once you get the vaccination, you are covered for life.

According to Dr. Camille Sabella, an infectious disease expert at Cleveland Clinic Children's, measles can look like a common cold at first, but the symptoms escalate quickly. And fully vaccinated people are also less likely to spread the disease to others, including those who can not be vaccinated because they are too young or have weakened immune systems.


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