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23 February, 2019

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is publicly-funded and available from pharmacists in almost every community, the association said in a news release Friday. She is, however, in favour of making parents provide proof of vaccination when registering a child for school - meaning that parents would have to either declare that they are choosing not to vaccinate, or provide their child's vaccination record. "Others had been hesitant (to be inoculated) because of pressure from peer groups".

"As you know, measles is endemic in other parts of the world, and people travel", said Mema.

"Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications", FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday in an interview with CNN.

Mr. Dix said Ontario's system makes it more hard for those eligible for vaccination to miss getting their shots - and he wants to see B.C. with a similar model.

Among the patients Cadesky inoculated is Maddi Bisset, who had no vaccinations as a child because her mother believed young children shouldn't be "pumped full of chemicals".

"Everything my mother did was with our best interests in mind".

Canada's Public Health Agency issued a statement this week reminding Canadians to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, especially if they are travelling outside the country.

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The DOH said it recorded 11,459 confirmed cases of measles, with 189 fatalities from January 1 to February 20 this year.

Infection with the virus begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a blotchy rash that spreads from the face and neck to the rest of the body. These symptoms develop between 7 to 21 days after a person is exposed. However, measles can result in complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

Measles can spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The World Health Organization says there were 110,000 deaths from measles globally in 2017, majority children under age five.

Forty five of the confirmed Clark County cases involve children between the ages of 1 and 10.

Lindquist said he expects the complete response to the outbreak to eventually cost the state "well over a million dollars", and Melnick told the paper that taxpayer money is being spent "for something that could have been completely, utterly preventable in the first place".

In 2017, 87 per cent of two-year-olds in Alberta had received their first measles vaccine and even fewer - 79 per cent of kids - had received their second dose by age seven, according to Alberta Health Services.

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