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Twelve Waikato people have caught measles so far in 2019

But recently, vaccines have been placed at the epicenter of various ethical controversies.

The measles outbreak may wane in April as the DOH moves to vaccinate some 12 million Filipinos against the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said. "Vaccination is an easy way to keep people healthy- and it is safe".

Measles travels through the air and can linger in an enclosed space for up to two hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. It's followed by a rash that spreads over the body.

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Nationally, the United States has high measles vaccination coverage. More recently, before the modern measles vaccine was developed in 1963, more than 48,000 people were hospitalized-and around 500 people died-each year in the US alone.

Around the same time measles cases have been rising nationwide, anti-vaccination groups have been vocal on Facebook, sharing and posting information against the safety of vaccines.

The recent surge of cases is attributable to unvaccinated persons who travel overseas, contracting the disease elsewhere then bringing it back to vulnerable communities in the U.S. Opt outs for religious reasons would still be allowed. This form must be filled out and it has to be notarized.

In December, the Department announced mandatory exclusions for students in selected zip codes in Borough Park and Williamsburg that have not received the required number of doses of MMR vaccine. "As a result, people may have been vaccinated, but they may not have immunity", he told WJW. "We want them to stay at home".

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Exemptions alone do not explain why children are not vaccinated. The illness quickly spread to others through connections at schools, scouting events and a tutoring center.

The federal government's Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a "critical component" of the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases, Messonnier said. And a lot of these diseases have very serious consequences as far as long term disabilities and even death. "It doesn't prevent measles, but it's important in preventing complications in societies in which vitamin A deficiency might exist", he said.

Messonnier also noted that a lack of adequate access to health care can be a barrier to getting vaccinations, as has been seen in some rural and low-income communities. The two closest to campus are Giant and CVS. "Though California did the right thing by eliminating the personal belief exemptions for vaccinations, parents who fear vaccines are clearly finding a way around the law".

Maria Cornett, a sophomore social work major, has worked at a local CVS Pharmacy for one year as a pharmacy technician.

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The views that some House committee members expressed Wednesday in favor of vaccination brought to mind a line from a character on a British television show: "I am unanimous in this".

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