Experts worry about Measles outbreak spreading to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY -- All it takes is for someone with measles to come to Utah and expose it to those who don`t have the immunization.

“Any disease is only a plane ride away, or perhaps even a car ride away," said Rebecca Ward, Health Educator of The Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology. "Although measles is not as prevalent as it used to be, it still exists, and it is a very contagious disease and can be very deadly for young children and even adults that are not fully vaccinated.”

In Utah, the law is to have two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella shots, also known as MMR.

But according to the Utah Health Department more hot spots are popping up in Utah where parents are filling out exemption forums and choosing not to get their children vaccinated.

"The personal exemption is attended for parents or guardians who have personal or philosophical opposition toward one vaccine or several vaccines," Ward said.

Ward added that part of the rise may be because of a world-wide 1998 study, which claimed that MMR shots link to autism.

Later the study was discredited.

To keep the virus out, schools aim to have 95 percent immunization. But because of the rise in exemptions more Utah schools are falling short of the herd immunity threshold.

“We do find it alarming that more and more kids aren`t being recognized because we do know we will have another outbreak there and that can be detrimental that could be two weeks of school," said Ben Horsley, Granite School District Spokesman.

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  • Rity

    Ingredients in measles vaccine: Human diploid tissue, amino acids, fetal bovine serum, glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, neomycin, recombinant human serum albumin, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, sucrose, vitamins.

    The following afflictions affecting nearly every body system — blood, lymphatic, digestive, cardiovascular, immune, nervous, respiratory, and sensory — have been reported following receipt of the MMR shot: encephalitis, encephalopathy, neurological disorders, seizure disorders, convulsions, learning disabilities, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), demyelination of the nerve sheaths, Guillain-Barre’ syndrome (paralysis), muscle incoordination, deafness, panniculitis, vasculitis, optic neuritis (including partial or total blindness), retinitis, otitis media, bronchial spasms, fever, headache, joint pain, arthritis (acute and chronic), transverse myelitis, thrombocytopenia (blood clotting disorders and spontaneous bleeding), anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), lymphadenopathy, leukocytosis, pneumonitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, urticaria, pancreatitis, parotitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, meningitis, diabetes, autism, immune system disorders, and death (Figure 49).(10,11)

    • My Correct Opinion

      LOL! I knew it.

      Guess what? 100% of people who DON’T get the shot DIE. Every, single human being in history who didn’t get an MMR shot has either died, or will die. No exceptions.

    • My Correct Opinion

      The “autism connection” was a hoax perpetrated by a British “researcher” at the behest of a crooked law firm. He did time in prison. Only in America does that myth persist.

      • mom

        It’s not a myth if your child was affected by the MMR vaccine. And I know of plenty of those.

    • My Correct Opinion

      You forgot “Athlete’s Foot”, and “Social Awkwardness.”

      The jury is still out on “Bad Hair Day.”

    • Mark Snuff

      “Afflictions…following MMR”? you forgot “living a long and happy life without the threat of contracting, spreading, and dealing with complications of measles.” I’ll support herd immunity, thank you very much. Survival of the fittest(and common sense)

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