Health Problems

Do adults need a measles booster shot?

(HealthDay)—New York’s ongoing measles epidemic alarmed midtown Manhattan resident Deb Ivanhoe, who couldn’t remember whether she’d ever been vaccinated as a child. So Ivanhoe, 60, sought out her long-time primary care doctor, who performed an antibody test to see whether she had any protection against measles. To her surprise, the test revealed that Ivanhoe had […]

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Trump urges vaccinations to prevent spread of measles

President Donald Trump is urging Americans to get vaccinations to prevent the spread of measles. Interested in Measles? Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, said that people “have to get their shots.” He added that vaccinations “are so important.” Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 […]

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Developing a vaccine against Nipah virus

Nipah virus is a type of RNA virus transmitted from animals to humans. The infection causes severe respiratory illness and symptoms including cough, headache and fever, which can progress into encephalitis, seizure and coma. Currently, there is no approved vaccine against Nipah virus available on the market. In recent years, outbreaks, from bat-to-human or pig-to-human […]

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The Only Times It's OK Not to Get the Measles Vaccine

New York City declared a public health emergency this week in light of an ongoing measles outbreak, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that unvaccinated individuals could face fines of $1,000. Measles cases are at a five-year high in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported this week, […]

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Why measles matters

Measles is so contagious that one infected person can spread the respiratory virus to 90 percent of people in the same room—and it can live in the air for two hours. Often, an infected person doesn’t even know they have measles for several weeks. Early symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, […]

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CDC: 228 measles cases already in 2019

(HealthDay)—The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update. New Hampshire—with one patient as of March 1—joined 11 other states reporting measles cases this year, CNN reported. The other states are: California, […]