"I mean, this is a lousy way to get vaccination rates up".
Europe had a record number of measles cases a year ago, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
The Vancouver Clinic, which operates medical offices and urgent care centers in the area, reported that shots administered jumped from 263 in January 2018 to 1,444 last month, a almost 450 percent increase.
The record numbers came despite the fact that more European children than ever before are being vaccinated against the highly-contagious infectious disease.
The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that measles was confirmed in the three people Wednesday but that they pose no risk to the public.
"We anticipated importation of measles from other parts of the world", Schaffner says, "but it has gained a foothold again because there are communities where a substantial proportion of children remain unimmunized". However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis.
Similar outbreaks have been occurring in Europe: In 2017, there were 25,863 cases of measles; a year ago, that surged to more than 82,000.
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Unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus are urged to get vaccinated, Graham said. Lower vaccination rates can lead to higher death rates.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it now prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.
The European Vaccine Action Plan 2015-2020 (EVAP) lays out a strategy endorsed by all 53 Member States to eliminate both measles and rubella. "The recommended 2 doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection-97%". Following the 2014-2015 California measles outbreak in Anaheim, which occurred in a population with a measles vaccination rate ranging from 50% to 86, officials passed a measure banning non-medical exemptions statewide.
"There's no reason we should be having this outbreak", says Melnick.
And when it comes to combatting preventative diseases, the CDC says there are no alternatives to vaccination.