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"Almost all of these cases are preventable, and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse", said Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF's executive director.

Overall, the vaccination rate of kids in the U.S. has remained stable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors such trends closely.

The Health Department found the initial case in the outbreak came from a child who caught measles while visiting Israel.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air. "It's a very practical discussion", said Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the Portland Democrat behind a proposal making it more hard for families to opt out of vaccine requirements.

Data shows the vast majority of these confirmed cases are in Rockland County, N.Y.

Doctors urge parents to get their children vaccinated and say it's the best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

The disease is so contagious that 90 percent of people who are not immune will get sick if they're exposed to the virus.

Pascack Valley had another recent scare with measles after an worldwide traveler infected with measles, returning from Israel, stopped by Lifetime Gym in Montvale, on October 5, 2018, NY health officials said.

Illinois: Eight cases were reported in two locations; six at Crystal Lake church and two at the McHenry County Correctional Facility.

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Just north of Portland, Oregon, Clark County accounts for 65 measles cases, 47 of them among children under age 10.

As measles cases rise across the United States, lawmakers are meeting in a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill this morning to discuss what has been called "a growing public health threat".

Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV).

The scientific consensus about any risk from vaccines is that serious side effects are extremely rare. This can cause seizures, deafness, and permanent brain damage and disability, says Dr. Murphy.

For example, a huge outbreak in Madagascar has caused more than 68,000 illnesses and 900 deaths since September. Farr says anyone who thinks they may have measles should call their health care provider before showing up in person.

Before a vaccine became widely available in 1980, measles killed 2.6 million people every year.

"What is particularly disconcerting, is that this is a public health problem for which science has already provided a solution: a safe and effective vaccine", said Chairman Frank Pallone, Democratic Representative for New Jersey.

They recommend that anyone born between 1957 and the early 1970's get re-vaccinated if traveling overseas, or to a part of the US that has seen a recent measles outbreak - including New York, Texas, Washington, and IL.

The CDC firmly denies widely criticized online speculation that MMR vaccinations may be linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)-a disorder that occurs disproportionately in New Jersey children, at one in 34, the highest rate in the nation-asking, "Is there a link between the MMR shot and autism?" and answering, "No". Although the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights forbids Congress from making any law that prohibits the free exercise of religion; others argue that an individual's freedom to practice religion may be restricted when doing so encroaches on the wellbeing of their fellow citizens.


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