Health officials investigating case of confirmed 'travel-related' measles in York Region

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Experts say one dose is still more than 90 percent effective at preventing measles, but not quite as good as the ideal two doses.

"Around the world, millions of children are still missing out on lifesaving vaccines, leaving them and their communities vulnerable to disease and deadly outbreaks". Those traveling internationally should consider the expedited schedule, particularly for children and anyone who does not have evidence of immunity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that as of April 11, 555 measles cases had been confirmed in the United States this year.

The new guidelines apply to individuals who have a laboratory-confirmed case of measles and those identified by officials as having been exposed to the measles.

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"We notified all the people that if they are not taking shots, they can not come to our hotel", said Rabbi Motty Katz, manager of the Katz Pesach program at the Long Island Hilton in Huntington, New York". The state of Iowa requires students to have two MMR vaccinations to attend school. The problem isn't limited to just the United States, however, with the World Health Organization saying in a new report that global measles cases are up 300-percent compared to the first three months of 2018.

The measles, mumps, rubella vaccine is administered as a two-dose vaccine series that effectively protects against all three viruses. Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv on March 26 and the Health Ministry advised all travelers on that flight to immediately seek medical care if they develop symptoms of the measles. People who may have been exposed to measles and who have not been immunized, may receive measles immunization and be protected from developing the disease.

Calling the health care provider/facility in advance of your visit can help the provider/facility make arrangements to reduce the risk of transmitting measles to others. Public Health is advising people to avoid going to a clinic, hospital or physican's office before calling their facility.

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