The Measles – Are You Protected?
BOSTON (CBS) — There have been almost 700 measles cases identified in the U.S. so far this year, the highest number since the disease was eliminated in 2000, leading many to wonder whether they need a booster to stay protected from this growing threat. All kids need to get two measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccines, usually around one year of age and again around age four. For adults, if you were born before 1957, you’re probably already immune. But if you were born after 1957, you should have documentation of at least one measles-containing vaccine. If you’re just not sure, you can either have a blood te...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Measles Source Type: news

Malawi: Moh, Unicef in Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign
[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -At least 109, 000 under-five children in the country's nine flood-affected districts are expected to benefit from measles rubella vaccination campaign currently being conducted by Ministry of Health with support from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in 25 Years. Vaccine Misinformation May Be to Blame
(NEW YORK) — U.S. measles cases in 2019 have climbed to their highest level in 25 years in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines. New York City health officials on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week, pushing this year’s nationwide tally past the 667 cases reported for all of 2014. That would make 2019 the worst year for measles since 1994. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates its national measles count on Mondays. CDC officials said they are reviewing the latest reports. Roughly three-quarters of this year’s illnesses...
Source: TIME: Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized measles onetime Source Type: news

Malawi: Ministry of Health, Unicef in Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign
[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -At least 109, 000 under-five children in the country's nine flood-affected districts are expected to benefit from measles rubella vaccination campaign currently being conducted by Ministry of Health with support from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Statement from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of FDA ’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, on FDA’s continued confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine
The FDA wants to underscore our continued confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines that are highly successful at preventing – in some cases, nearly eradicating – preventable diseases. Large well-designed studies have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine and have demonstrated that administration of the vaccine is not associated with the development of autism. MMR vaccine has been approved in the U nited States for nearly 50 years to prevent measles, mumps and rubella (also known as German Measles). As a result of its use, measles and rubella were completely eradicated in the United...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 22, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

A Flight Attendant Is Reportedly In a ‘Deep Coma’ After Contracting Measles
A flight attendant has reportedly fallen into a “deep coma” after contracting measles, according to health authorities. The 43-year-old female El Al Airlines flight attendant was admitted to a hospital after coming down with a fever on March 31, CBS News reports. Her condition has worsened since then, and she now has encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and is breathing with the assistance of a respirator at Israel’s Meir Medical Center, according to CNN. Israeli health officials said the woman may have been infected with measles in New York, Israel or a flight between the two locations, both of which are...
Source: TIME: Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Measles Cases Are Still Rising in the U.S. But They ’re Even Higher Globally
The number of measles cases reported around the world has roughly tripled since last year, according to preliminary data from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 112,000 measles cases in 170 countries have been reported to the WHO so far this year. By contrast, about 28,000 measles cases in 163 countries were reported at this time last year, the WHO says. There are likely many more cases that have gone unreported, the WHO says, but the data provides a good sense of global disease trends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday also released updated figures for domestic cases of measles. Th...
Source: TIME: Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized public health Source Type: news

New York City ’s Public Health Emergency Order on Mandatory Measles Vaccinations: FAQs
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Network for Public Health Law. Published: 4/11/2019. On April 9, 2019, New York City ’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, declared a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak that has infected hundreds of residents, mostly children. The emergency declaration includes an order for mandatory measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations affecting residents in select areas of Williamsburg and Brooklyn, where most of the existing infections have arisen. These FAQs break down the key components of the mandate and the legal requirements. (Text) (Source: Disaster L...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New York City Declares Public Health Emergency In the Face of an Intensifying Measles Outbreak
New York City officials on Tuesday ordered residents at the center of an ongoing measles outbreak to get vaccinated or face fines up to $1,000, in the latest dramatic move by officials attempting to stop measles outbreaks that are spreading across the country. Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, announced a public health emergency related to the measles outbreak at a press conference Tuesday. “This is an unusual action, and it’s because of the sheer extent of the crisis,” de Blasio said. There have been 285 confirmed cases of measles since October 2018. The majority of ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized New York Source Type: news

Trust makes vaccination mandatory for recruitment
A West Midlands trust will no longer recruit staff who have not had an immunisation for mumps, measles and rubella. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Do vaccines cause autism? Is it OK to skip certain vaccines? Get the facts on these and other common questions. Childhood vaccines protect children from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and others. If these diseases seem uncommon -- or even unheard of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 2, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

New York County Bans Unvaccinated Kids From Public Places in Last-Ditch Attempt to Stop Measles Outbreak
A New York county is banning children who have not been vaccinated against measles from visiting public places — the latest and most dramatic attempt to stop preventable measles outbreaks in communities across the country. Rockland County Executive Ed Day declared a state of emergency related to the measles outbreak and announced the public places ban during a press conference Tuesday, saying officials “will not sit idly by as children in our community are at risk.” The move follows previous attempts to limit Rockland’s ongoing measles outbreak, which as of March 21 totaled 151 confirmed cases in co...
Source: TIME: Health - March 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized New York onetime public health Source Type: news

Temple University Mumps Outbreak Swells to 74 Cases
(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia health officials say they now believe 74 people have contracted mumps at Temple University. City Department of Health spokesman James Garrow said Wednesday there are 15 confirmed cases and 59 probable cases, all but three of them in Philadelphia. Probable diagnoses indicate a person showing mumps-like symptoms. The city says the numbers reported this year are high compared with those in past years; 54 cases were reported in 2010. Students who may be infected should limit contact with others and seek medical care. Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands. The Centers for Di...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Education Infectious Disease onetime Pennsylvania Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: The Republic of Congo Starts Vaccinating 2.2 Million Children Against Measles and Rubella
[WHO] BRAZZAVILLE - March 5, 2019. Under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Denis SASSOU NGUESSO, the Government of Congo launched today a measles and rubella vaccination campaign, which aims to provide protection to more than 2.2 million children. This campaign, which targets boys and girls aged 9 months to 14 years will cover 43% of the country's population and will also include Vitamin A supplementation and mebendazole deworming for children aged 9 to 59 months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Why and when your children should be vaccinated
Ensuring your child gets a flu shot is important to prevent the flu. It's also important to make sure your child is up to date on?immunizations?with all of the recommended childhood vaccines which prevent serious diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, diptheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute https://youtu.be/ReIcJedkViY Journalists: Broadcast-quality [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 7, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news