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Old 01-21-2015, 05:47 PM
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Anyway, I need one of those. I've only had flu and rabies shots in the past decade
You got a rabies shot? What were you up to? Spelunking bat caves? Or were you already bitten?
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You got a rabies shot? What were you up to? Spelunking bat caves? Or were you already bitten?
It was a run-in with a bat in our house...the weekend we moved in. The bat flew away, so it couldn't be tested.

We got the full post-contact rabies treatment -- everyone in the family, including my then-one-year-old son.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:37 PM
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http://ktla.com/2015/01/20/huntingto...sles-exposure/

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Two dozen students were recently sent home from Huntington Beach High School amid a warning about potential measles exposure that was prompted by a person who went to school with the highly contagious airborne virus earlier this month.

The possible exposure occurred between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, according to a notification letter from Orange County public health officials that was posted on the high school’s website.

It was not immediately clear whether the infected person was a student, teacher or staff member.

Those who were in close contact with the person and may not be immunized against the infection disease were individually contacted by the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Jan. 14 letter stated.

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The disease was rapidly spreading through California, health officials said, noting they expected more cases to be diagnosed.

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It usually takes about 8 to 12 days to show symptoms of measles, but the incubation period can be as long as 21 days.


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Old 01-22-2015, 01:57 PM
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Yup, it's getting around.
Good thing is that those who weren't immunized and get it will be immune.




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Old 01-23-2015, 05:15 PM
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Five workers at Disneyland have been diagnosed with measles in an outbreak that California officials trace to visitors at the Anaheim (Calif.) theme park in mid-December. Disney is urging its 27,000 workers at the park to verify that they're inoculated against the virus, and the company is offering tests and shots on site for workers who are unvaccinated. "We’re doing everything that we possibly can to proactively communicate to our cast members," said Disney spokesperson Lisa Haines.

Disney won't, however, require workers to get routine vaccinations as a condition of employment. Almost no companies outside the health-care industry do. "Our policies are consistent with other employers' policies on this issue," said Haines, noting that airports, hotels, and other businesses whose staffs encounter lots of potentially contagious travelers don't mandate immunization. She declined to say how many Disney workers have been inoculated since the outbreak. Three of the workers who caught measles have recovered and returned to work.

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It's a different story for health-care companies, whose unvaccinated employees could put patients at risk. Some states require hospital staff to get inoculated against diseases such as measles or to get seasonal influenza vaccines. Some individual hospitals institute such policies on their own. The first hospital to require workers to get flu shots was Virginia Mason in Seattle in 2005. The mandate increased the proportion of staff inoculated from 54 percent to 98 percent, though the nurses' union successfully challenged the policy because it was instituted outside of the collective bargaining agreement. More than 300 medical facilities have followed suit, according to L.J. Tan, chief strategy officer of the Immunization Action Coalition, which works with the CDC to promote immunizations. People who can't get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons are usually allowed to forgo shots if they wear a mask during flu season.

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California officials have identified 59 confirmed cases in the current measles outbreak, including 17 that haven't been connected to Disneyland. Of the patients for whom officials could verify vaccination status, 82 percent hadn't gotten their shots, primarily because they intentionally declined, according to Gilberto Chávez, deputy director of the state's center for infectious diseases, who briefed reporters on Wednesday, Jan. 22. A quarter of those infected have been hospitalized. Another eight cases of measles outside California, including one in Mexico, have been linked to the Disney park. Other cases likely haven't been reported. "We can expect many more cases of this vaccine-preventable disease unless people take precautionary measures," Chávez said.

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Old 01-24-2015, 11:08 AM
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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/ar...easles/384738/

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"It can definitely come back," Meissner told me. "And then because this is probably the most infectious of all the known viruses or illnesses—we say that about 90 percent of people who are not immune and who are exposed to measles will get it—that's a higher number than for any illness, even influenza. It's one of the most infectious or transmissible viruses that we're aware of."
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To complicate matters further, there's an entire generation of doctors in the United States who have never treated a measles patient, or even seen a case in person. "The success in general of the vaccination program does mean that younger physicians have never seen a case, and they don't necessarily think about it at all," Seward told me. "The other challenge, which is nobody's fault at all, is that measles presents early on looking just like an upper-respiratory infection with fever. But it can be contagious before the rash. At that stage it's not distinguishable from the flu or other respiratory viruses."
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Outbreaks in countries to which Americans often travel can directly contribute to an increase in measles cases in the U.S.

Reasons for an increase in cases some years:

2015: The majority of cases reported so far during 2015 are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

2014: The Philippines is experiencing a large, ongoing measles outbreak. Many of the cases in the U.S. in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines. For more information see the Measles in the Philippines Travelers' Health Notice.

2013: The U.S. experienced 11 outbreaks in 2013, three of which had more than 20 cases, including an outbreak with 58 cases. For more information see Measles — United States, January 1-August 24, 2013.
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http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR15-008.aspx

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Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, announced today that local public health officials have confirmed a total of 59 cases of measles in California residents since the end of December 2014.

“If you have symptoms, and believe you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider. Unless you have an emergency, it is best to contact your health care provider by phone to prevent spread in doctor’s offices.” said Chapman. “The best way to prevent measles and its spread is to get vaccinated.”

Of the confirmed cases, 42 have been linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. The confirmed cases include five Disney employees. In addition, other cases have visited Disney parks while infectious in January. CDPH recommends that any patient with a measles compatible illness who has recently visited venues where international travelers congregate, such as theme parks, airports, etc., be considered to have a plausible exposure to measles.

Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease that typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, and within a few days a red rash appears, usually first on the face and then spreading downward to the rest of the body.

Vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent measles. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. Measles vaccines have been available in the United States since 1963, and two doses have been recommended since 1989. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination.

Local health departments and CDPH continue to investigate reported cases. Several “secondary” cases in persons exposed to the initial group have been reported. Secondary cases are common with measles. As with the first group of cases, there is a risk of additional transmission in places where the secondary cases have been while infectious. Persons can be infectious for a few days prior to developing symptoms of measles and may feel well enough to be out and about potentially exposing others.

In addition, public health officials are continuing to contact persons exposed to measles cases to determine their vaccination history and implement strategies to prevent spread. This is an ongoing situation, and CDPH expects to receive additional reports of cases.

Measles has been eliminated in the United States since 2000. However, large measles outbreaks have occurred in many countries, particularly in Western Europe, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines in recent years. Travelers to areas where measles circulates can bring measles back to the U.S., resulting in limited domestic transmission of measles. California has many international attractions and visitors come from many parts of the world. It is important for health care providers and the public to be aware that measles transmission can occur in California, and they can prevent transmission by receiving the MMR vaccine.

The California measles patients reside in 11 local health jurisdictions (Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Ventura Counties and the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena). Patients range in age from seven months to 70 years. Vaccination status is documented for 34 of the 59 cases. Of these 34, 28 were unvaccinated, one had received one dose and five had received two or more doses of MMR vaccine.

Health care providers treating patients with fever and a rash should consider measles, and ask patients about travel to international destinations and domestic venues that are popular with international visitors. People who are unvaccinated should know that there is presently a risk for acquiring measles in California.
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In their defense, I don't think that anyone could have possibly connected a lack of vaccinations with an increase in the conditions prevented by the same vaccinations.

Do we still do the red font here for this, or what?
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Yeah - but did autism cases go down? Gotta take those savings into account
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