Measles and Vaccination: A Resurrected Disease, A Conflicted Response

ABSTRACT: As the increasingly fierce debate about vaccines grows, so do the number of measles cases. Personal choice, inaccurate understanding, and legislative action are fueling vaccine refusal for this previously eradicated, highly contagious viral infection. In August 2019, measles cases had spread to 30 U.S. states and were spreading globally, endangering mainly young children and those unable to be vaccinated. Herd immunity is being eroded as parents refuse vaccinations or choose alternate vaccine schedules. Nurses are in a prime position to educate and advocate for vaccinations that safeguard public health.
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FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 -- For the 2018 to 2019 school year, coverage was 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
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Abstract The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children be vaccinated against 14 potentially serious illnesses during the first 24 months of life (1). CDC used data from the National Immunization Survey-Child (NIS-Child) to assess vaccination coverage with the recommended number of doses of each vaccine at the national, state, territorial, and selected local levels* among children born in 2015 and 2016. Coverage by age 24 months was at least 90% nationally for ≥3 doses of poliovirus vaccine, ≥1 dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), ≥3 doses of hepatitis B vac...
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This report summarizes data collected by state and local immunization programs* on vaccination coverage among children in kindergarten in 49 states, exemptions for kindergartners in 50 states, and provisional enrollment and grace period status for kindergartners in 30 states. Nationally, vaccination coverage† was 94.9% for the state-required number of doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP); 94.7% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR); and 94.8% for the state-required doses of varicella vaccine. Whereas 2.5% of kindergartners had an exemption from at least o...
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[Monitor] Several health centres in Apac District at the weekend remained non-functional as health workers underwent orientation on how to administer rubella and measles vaccine on children.
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In conclusion, European countries now have more comprehensive national vaccination programs for HCP, however there are still gaps. Given the recent large outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in Europe and the occupational risk for HCP, vaccination policies need to be expanded and strengthened in several European countries. Overall, vaccination policies for HCP in Europe should be periodically re-evaluated in order to provide optimal protection against vaccine-preventable diseases and infection control within healthcare facilities for HCP and patients. PMID: 31623916 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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