The measles patient has returned to Oklahoma after traveling domestically and internationally. During that same 10-year period in the US, an estimated 48,000 people were hospitalized for measles each year, 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) each year, and 400 to 500 died each year. "There's also a lot of bad information out there about the vaccine and we want to clear up all the confusion".
However, Sitman cautioned, with few exceptions, such as in health care, most employers are not allowed to require testing or vaccinations for measles or other infectious diseases.
Because of the length of the incubation period for measles virus, a person who has been exposed it should stay at home for at least two weeks to prevent transmission.
Measles is not a trivial disease.
Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, told the paper that students starting university could be a chance for people to catch up on missed vaccinations. College students, worldwide travelers and healthcare personnel should get two doses at least 28 days a part.
Despite the fact that no further measles cases have been reported in Greater Darwin since 6 April, the advice remains that Territorians need to ensure they are measles immune. Free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is now available for adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or do not have documented evidence of immunity. Top docs at the CDC say there is absolutely no link between vaccines and autism.
The age recommendation for the first MMR vaccine was reduced and offered to babies from 9 months of age in the Darwin and Palmerston area.
Not everyone is able to get the vaccination nor does everyone respond to the vaccine. You can still get the vaccines for whooping cough and flu. More than 95 per cent of deaths from measles are in low income countries with weak health infrastructures. An estimated 3 to 4 million people in the USA were infected each year. FALSE! There is no natural remedy for measles.
"More effective approaches would include reminding parents and providers of upcoming and overdue immunisations, as well as educating and providing feedback to the doctors, nurses and healthcare staff providing vaccinations".
Signs and symptoms of measles usually appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.