Health minister rules out mandatory vaccinations in B.C.

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

"It helps reduce that chance as an outbreak", Morrison said.

With a median age of 2 years old, 61% of measles cases are under 5 years of age.

"Really, what we are trying to do here is to remind people that they need to follow the B.C. immunization schedule, and that includes measles-containing vaccines and other vaccines that are also effective at preventing other diseases". The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is publicly-funded and available from pharmacists in almost every community, the association said in a news release Friday. "There have been studies that have shown that it alienates more people and it makes people less willing to be immunized when they feel they're being forced to do it".

Last week, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed eight new cases of the measles affecting students at two of the city's francophone public schools.

The Iowa state Senate Tuesday rejected a bill Tuesday that would have prohibited health insurance providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse to get vaccinated.

Measles causes fever, rash, cold-like symptoms and red, inflamed eyes that can be sensitive to light.

President Donald Trump has even commented on the outbreak, stating that US Federal health officials are closely monitoring the situation to make sure that it is immediately contained.

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"There's not just the outbreak happening in Vancouver, there's a larger outbreak in Washington state where there have been more than 60 cases and across Europe there have been thousands of cases of measles reported", said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services' medical officer of health for the Calgary zone. However, parents can immunize their infants before the one-year mark, but because the risk of contracting measles in Vancouver is still low, Hayden doesn't recommend early vaccination, in part because it throws off a child's immunization schedule, and can result in missed vaccinations later on. The person was in contact with several groups of students before being diagnosed.

The virus is spread through air-borne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Forty five of the confirmed Clark County cases involve children between the ages of 1 and 10.

Pan, who four years ago successfully led an effort to get rid of personal and religious vaccine exemptions in his state, said he thought national leaders might take a different approach than what Gottlieb suggests to increase vaccination rates.

"When you reach a certain proportion of individuals in that state, the inevitability of an outbreak occurs and this is a serious circumstance", he added.

In the meantime, said Mr. Dix, "the message is for parents to immunize [their children]".

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