California's strict vaccination laws may only have a small effect

In the wake of measles outbreaks, California enacted stricter laws governing vaccine exemptions – but loopholes mean many children still go without vaccinations
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After a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa, the government there says nearly everyone who is eligible has now been vaccinated for the disease. At least 65 people have died since October, and 57 of them were children under the age of four. Carter Evans reports.
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Authors: Deleanu D, Petricau C, Leru P, Chiorean I, Muntean A, Dumitrascu D, Nedelea I Abstract Despite proven effectiveness and safety of vaccinations, immunization rates are decreasing across Europe, most countries having suboptimal vaccination coverage, leading to an increase in the number of cases of preventable contagious diseases. In recent years, the number of parents who have refused to vaccinate their children in Romania has decreased substantially, while the number of fatal complications due to measles outbreak is one of the highest in Europe. Since healthcare professionals have been identified as the mai...
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Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.
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CONCLUSIONS Our results showed there was a seasonal measles outbreak in Shenzhen Children's Hospital. All the measles virus from 129 measles patients were H1 viruses. The clinical signs also showed a difference between unvaccinated and vaccinated patients. Moreover, most of the unvaccinated patients came from migrant worker families. We suggest there is a need for increased health promotion and vaccination programs for migrant workers and people living in remote villages. PMID: 31800568 [PubMed - in process]
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An alleged anti-vaxxer has been charged with "incitement against the government vaccination order," the Samoan government said Thursday.
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Samoan government employees stopped work to administer measles vaccines in an attempt to halt an outbreak of the deadly disease sweeping the island nation
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This report describes progress toward measles elimination in China during January 2013-June 2019.¶ Measles incidence per million persons decreased from 20.4 in 2013 to 2.8 in 2018; reported measles-related deaths decreased from 32 in 2015 to one in 2018 and no deaths in 2019 through June. Measles elimination in China can be achieved through strengthening the immunization program's existing strategy by ensuring sufficient vaccine supply; continuing to improve laboratory-supported surveillance, outbreak investigation and response; strengthening school entry vaccination record checks; vaccinating students who do not have...
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Red flags have been erected across Samoa to mark unvaccinated households as the government shuts down Thursday to deploy all resources to reining in a deadly measles outbreak.
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[WHO] Kinshasa, 5 December 2019 - Around 2.2 million children are to be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where efforts are underway to curb the world's second-worst Ebola outbreak amid persistent insecurity.
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In response to a measles outbreak, which has left 4,000 people ill and about 60 people dead, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a team of medical professionals made their way to Samoa on Wednesday to provide residents with vaccinations. To coordinate this response, the Lt. Gov's office has been working with government leaders in Samoa, as well as leaders in the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other business and community leaders. “We reached out to the WHO…
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