FDA Chief Warns Feds May Take Action on Vaccinations

A measles mumps and rubella vaccine is seen on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae Calif. on Feb. 6 2015

A measles mumps and rubella vaccine is seen on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae Calif. on Feb. 6 2015

Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed Wednesday that more than half of the people ordered to stay home during the recent measles outbreak at two local schools had not previously been immunized.

There were only two cases in Manitoba reported in 2018 altogether, both in the Interlake-Eastern health region.

Silvina Mema will be speaking with reporters today and Castanet will update after the interview. "The current public health infrastructure is really threatened by events like this".

"Measles is not a disease to mess with", he pointed out. Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus will contract it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The court of public opinion suggests there's a strong desire not to see people merely opting out or thinking, 'Well I just don't think I'm going to get this done for my kid, ' in the same way you're going to make other choices about putting them into ballet lessons or soccer practice, " said Angus Reid spokesperson Shachi Kurl. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps have also lent their time to the ongoing efforts. People are contagious for about five days before symptoms develop and then it presents like a flu before it develops into a rash.

Now, the head of the FDA says the federal government may have to step in if states don't strengthen their vaccine laws.

Duque earlier said the outbreak in the regions may wane in April.

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Following the recent outbreak of measles in the US, a leading government health official is calling for mandatory vaccinations of children.

"It's a disgusting idea", said Zedler, who has fought efforts to get rid of religious and personal exemptions in his state. "That area of the province now has one of the higher immunization rates in the province". By comparison, Clark County, had a 6.7 percent exemption rate, according to state health-department data.

In hopes of reducing the possibility of future outbreaks, lawmakers in Olympia have proposed two measures to tighten the personal or philosophical exemption used to excuse children from vaccines necessary for school entry.

A measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is seen on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. on February 6, 2015.

Children normally receive their first dose at the age of one and a second dose between the ages of four and six.

"This could easily go on for another month or two", he said.

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