The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6.
A measles outbreak has been declared in Donegal, with a link to a third level institution in Galway.
On Tuesday, there were no new cases or exposure locations confirmed.More news: Oil falls below $62 on US inventories, fading Venezuela concerns
Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body. The rash usually starts four days after the other symptoms.
Complications can include otitis media, pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures and death.
According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are unvaccinated, travel to developing countries or have a vitamin A deficiency are more likely to catch the measles.More news: Tomljanovic loses to talented teen in controversial Thai Open final
Washington now has a sufficient supply of MMR vaccine for children and adults; however, as the outbreak continues, vaccine supply may be affected. It is 99% effective at preventing measles infection. Five of the cases involve children, at least some of whom had received one round of the vaccination. "Now, we are seeing people opting out of getting immunized (and) we are seeing a resurgence". This is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe.
Washington state Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, has introduced a measure that would remove personal-belief exemptions for the MMR vaccine. If you suspect that you or your child has symptoms of measles, please call your GP and inform them. Here's what you need to know. Your GP will be able to make special arrangements for you to come in and see him or her and do tests to confirm your diagnosis.
Demand for measles vaccine has surged in Clark County, where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year - including among people who had previously shunned the shots.More news: McCormick hands over its spice R&D to IBM's AI