Denton County Public Health reports first case of measles

08 February, 2019, 08:54 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • Owen Humphreys  AP

OR health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.

Measles is often brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who become infected in other countries, says the CDC.

Statewide in Washington, orders for measles vaccine jumped about 30 percent in January compared with the same month previous year, climbing from 12,140 doses to 15,780 doses, figures showed. The vaccine takes effect within 72 hours, health officials said.

So Clark County, Washington (Vancouver) has an outbreak of dozens of cases, one of which is from across the river in Portland.

There are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas.


A woman and two young boys have been confirmed to have the measles, according to the Harris County Public Health Department.

DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of the measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there have been 30 established circumstances to this point in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed instances in 2018. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

Measles vaccines are reported to be very effective, protecting people 97 percent of the time after 2 doses.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company. Others object to the timing and combinations of the vaccines and to being forced to inoculate their children. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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