18,000 extra measles vaccines on way to Canterbury

Vials of measles mumps and rubella vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 206 individual cases of measles have been confirmed across 11 states since January 1.

Health officials in Jefferson County are trying to find people who may have come in contact with a person there who has caught measles.

The measles immunization rate for OH children ages 4 to 6 - children who have received the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine - is 92 percent, according to the Erie County Health Department statistics.

New Zealand's South Island is grappling with a measles outbreak, with authorities warning the number of confirmed cases is expected to "rise further over the coming days and weeks". "Remind people to vaccinate even if they are over 18".

More potential cases are now being investigated.

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A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, February 16, 2019. Joyce Mann with the Fond du Lac County Health Department says the number of reported cases continues to grow.

Timaru's Parkside Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Mary McSherry said many people called the centre's nurses on Monday voicing concerns about the spread of measles.

"Experts agree that between 92 percent and 95 percent of children should receive two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to maintain herd immunity against measles", Franks said. It is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.

For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. Still, residents are concerned about parents who choose not to get their children vaccinated. The county health director says the department has identified everyone in the small group the infected person has come in contact with recently and is interviewing them about possible symptoms.

Health officials say if you got the measles vaccine when you were a child it should be effective for your whole life unless you are exposed to those who have measles and then you may need a booster shot.

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