More confirmed measles cases in Auckland

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

"The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe".

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases. By 1990s, doctors determined that a second dose of the vaccine is needed to ensure maximum protection, which nearly made measles a thing of the past.

"It's important that parents ensure that their children receive their free routine MMR immunisations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age", medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller said.

For global travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

State health officials are stressing that people can not contract measles from the vaccine.

"MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or worldwide travel planned". The other option is that you can have your doctor do a blood draw to determine if you are immune or not, but that would take two trips to the doctors office.

- A student at a middle school in Birmingham has one of the confirmed cases of the measles in metro Detroit right now.

People born before January 1, 1969 are likely to be immune because measles used to be quite common and so this older age group did not need measles immunisation.

In the letter, Dahlman wrote there is no treatment for the highly contagious disease, and once your child shows early symptoms it is too late to intervene.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. A small percentage of those infected can develop pneumonia, swelling of the brain or other serious symptoms.



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