New Zealand doctors move clinics outside in bid to stop measles' spread

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Reynolds says the reason we are seeing a measles outbreak is because people have stopped vaccinating their children in fear of autism.

More information on the measles virus, signs and symptoms and vaccination recommendations can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control.

He knows that his suffering three years ago could have been avoided if he received immunization, and he is concerned about the dozens of children in Washington state where a measles outbreak began earlier this year. People who contract the measles develop a distinctive red, splotchy rash over their bodies.

Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average. California has reported at least one case since the beginning of the year.

As of March 4, there were 71 confirmed cases of measles in Washington, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

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The vaccination program would see 100,000 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine distributed for free, Canterbury Primary Response Group's Phil Schroeder told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday.

The incident is related to an out-of-state case of measles that was contracted by the recipient while traveling. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

"It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community", the DHB said in a statement.

Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.

"Unimmunised people who come within 2 metres of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90 per cent chance of contracting measles", the board said.

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