Health officials urge parents to get children vaccinated

First case of measles reported in Pennsylvania

Dr. Ellis says measles is one of the most contagious diseases and for every one person who comes down with the virus on average they spread it to 20 people. The nationwide average is 94%. A rash usually appears 7 to 21 days after exposure.

Merck Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nally told Reuters in an interview that the company has upped production but that there has not been a big boost in orders in the USA, even from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Measles is probably one of the most contagious viral illnesses known", said Sara Lopez, nurse manager for the Summit County Public Health Department.

Merck & Co announced this week it's increased MMR production for anyone who needs the vaccine, CNBC reports.

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ME has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with 5 percent of kindergartners holding a non-medical exemption from vaccination, compared to a national average of 2 percent, according to CDC data. She explained that a person can pick up the virus from touching the exposed germ that has been on counter tops and surfaces for up to two hours, as well as through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes as far as six feet away.

Azar and other officials have largely blamed the outbreaks on the spread of misinformation, including a belief debunked by scientific studies that vaccine ingredients can cause autism. Although no cases of measles have been reported in Bermuda since 1990, the threat of a case being imported to the island remains.

Studies have found that 95 to 98 percent of those born before 1957 are immune to measles because they lived through several years of widespread measles before the first vaccine was licensed in 1963, according to the Immunization Action Coalition. Almost half of these cases were in young people aged 15 to 19 years. Those showing symptoms would be asked to visit a medical provider immediately.

"A lot of them that we see are concerned about their children", Dr. Allyn Nakashima, Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, said.

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Between April 2010 and December 2018, 6,410 Newham children had not received their first vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella by age five, according to Public Health England. Since then, the most measles cases the state has seen is 62 in 1994, with no cases recorded from 2007 to 2012 and zero to two cases per year since then.

The CDC says children are in most need of the vaccine-due to exposure in schools, and protecting those who are too young to get the vaccine themselves.

Experts say it doesn't hurt to get the extra vaccine even if you already have immunity-except the literal temporary "hurt" it causes to your arm. The state recommends health care workers and college students receive two doses, or provide evidence of immunity.

Additionally, if there are circumstances in which parents would like their child to have one of the MMR doses early, such as upcoming worldwide travel or if he or she has been exposed, a medical provider can decide if it's a safe option.

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KDKA reported that all four cases involve one family, three of which are visiting from overseas.

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