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Thousands Of Locals Are Supporting The Movement To Make Vaccines Mandatory In BC Schools
Measles causes fever, rash, cold-like symptoms and red, inflamed eyes that can be sensitive to light. Since the 1960s, two doses of the measles vaccine have been given to young children to prevent the disease, which causes symptoms ranging from pneumonia to vision loss, and even death.
The measles virus is highly contagious, typically spread by airborne means.
"She preferred more "natural" alternatives, including homeopathy and essential oils", the 23-year-old said in an email interview Wednesday.
"At this time there are no lab-confirmed cases of Measles on Vancouver Island", said the organization on Facebook.
Dix says there are some people who are expressing opposition to immunization, while others can't be immunized for medical reasons and some simply fall through the cracks.
Parents care for their children, mostly infants, being treated for measles at the Pediatric Ward of the San Lazaro Hospital.
Unvaccinated children aged 5 and below are at highest risk of the disease, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo earlier said.
"Make certain that they are all up to date traveling especially if not please call your family provider and also we wanted to say that the vaccine dose for children they should receive two dose, the first dose at fifteen months and then the second dose at four to six years", said Denorcey.
Canada's top doctor is urging Canadians who haven't been vaccinated against measles to get their shots in the wake of a B.C. outbreak of the disease and the always present danger of cases being imported into the country by travellers.
Most of the 64 people sick were unvaccinated, something that's now being addressed in the state Legislature with a bill that would remove personal exemptions for parents vaccinating children.
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Cohn: There was a paper published in 1998 claiming a link between autism and the MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine.
If you think you have contracted measles, be sure to alert your doctor before you go for a checkup, so they can quickly get to you. There is a number of individuals who are not open to the messages that we have to say because they're very set in their ways.
The latest figure is 2,000 cases higher than the DOH's last measles surveillance on February 18.
"However, the vast majority of parents are vaccinating because they want to protect their children and protect their community". There is also a single case reported in King County, bringing the statewide total to 64, according to the state Department of Health (DOH).
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