FDA Chief Warns Feds May Take Action on Vaccinations

Thousands Of Locals Are Supporting The Movement To Make Vaccines Mandatory In BC Schools

A total of 725 people contracted measles in Quebec that year, with 678 cases stemming from one adult who may have contracted the disease while on holiday in the Caribbean or at the Montreal airport.

John Wiesman, the secretary of the state Department of Health, said in a news conference before Wednesday's hearing that the legislative efforts are "about keeping our kids safe from unnecessary diseases".

"Parents should bring their children to the health centers because the only way to prevent the increase of measles cases is through vaccination", he added.

"This is taxpayer money for something that could have been completely, utterly preventable in the first place", he said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might interfere in states that allow vaccine exemptions despite the ongoing measles outbreak. "The current public health infrastructure is really threatened by events like this".

And all that is state money, that doesn't even take into account what Clark County alone has spent.

A list of prior measles exposure sites in Clark County can be found here. There is no evidence of measles transmission into the wider Vancouver or Fraser Health community.

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The outbreak in Vancouver has affected nine people and is believed to have been started with an unvaccinated boy who travelled to Vietnam. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps have also lent their time to the ongoing efforts.

Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and president of Doctors of BC, said he's seen a number of young patients recently who made appointments to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine over concerns about the outbreak.

Pan warned Adams about campaigns on social media to scare parents away from vaccinations.

"While we do not have a case at this time, we continue to monitor closely", Mema said. Five outbreaks (three or more confirmed cases) have been declared so far this year. There are now 17 states that allow vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons. Unless an exemption is claimed, a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of acquired immunity for almost a dozen diseases - including polio, whooping cough and mumps - before they can attend school or a child care center. The other case is unrelated.

Now, she said, we are in a "waiting game". Lindquist, of the state DOH, says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the upsurge is slowing, but it's too early to predict.

The number of global cases reported by the World Health Organization doubled to 229,068 past year, 82,596 of them in Europe, largely because vaccination levels have stalled, experts say.

"This is fantastic news", said Dr. Adam Ratner, director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone.

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