State measures implemented about three years ago to improve vaccine education have caused the number of non-medical vaccine waivers to drop and vaccination rates to rise in Michigan. Yet the 15 recent confirmed cases of measles prove that those who refuse vaccines — or to vaccinate their children — continue to risk both their health and the health of the state. Measles is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air by a contagious person sneezing or coughing. Germs can live for up to two hours. The markers of the infection include developing tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on the inner lining of the cheek and a large blotchy skin rash along with some flu-like symptoms. The 15 confirmed cases are the highest in the state since 1994, when 26 cases were reported. Given that measles has been officially eliminated in the United States since 2000 (new cases originate from outside the country and are brought here), the state should continue to see decreased numbers of cases. But due to the reluctance of some to vaccinate their children, Michigan residents are still at risk. Though the infection is not regularly present in our country, unvaccinated people continue to get measles while abroad… Read full this story
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