Health care worker sickened with measles was vaccinated

Ellen Mills
May 13, 2017

Health authorities have been quick to blame recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough on unvaccinated children, and this has been used as an impetus to hurriedly pass mandatory vaccination laws in various states.

It is reportedly the largest outbreak of measles in over two decades in Minnesota. "We have a vaccine that can prevent measles, and yet we're seeing this widespread transmission". But at the last minute it was relocated to the Safari Restaurant and Event Center, a Somali establishment in Minneapolis. "It wouldn't surprise me if it spread over into the Wisconsin area as well", said Krombholz.

The news site WorldNetDaily often runs articles that criticize vaccines and vaccinations, but the site appeared to blame Muslims in Minnesota for not vaccinating their children on May 10.

The CDC recommends all children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. "They tend to have what looks like pink eye with it, too".

Vaccinations are not just a hot topic for people with different cultural backgrounds; recently, many American parents have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

Mark Blaxhill was the main speaker at the April 30 meeting, according to a local CBS affiliate. There is a belief in that culture measles can cause autism.

Amid an ongoing outbreak of the measles that has infected 51 people in Minnesota as of Wednesday, the state health commissioner asked the state Legislature for $5 million to create an emergency fund to address outbreaks of infectious disease, according to NBC News. At least 11 children have been hospitalized for pneumonia, dehydration and fever.

"You don't know what the issue's going to be, but you know it's going to happen", Ehresmann said.

Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease division director at the Health Department, recalled that it was the anti-vaccine activists who "almost immediately" spread a debunked assertion that the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine was linked to autism, which poisoned the community's view on vaccinations.

But there's reason to be hopeful.

An MDH spokesperson, Doug Schultz, said last week the Crow Wing County child initially contracted the illness after being exposed to it in a Hennepin County health care facility. Despite what she called the "aggressive" targeting of the Somali-American community - which records show already has lower vaccination rates than non-Somali neighbors - she's seen health leaders within the Somali community "speaking up and being very clear in providing accurate information about vaccinations". In the past few weeks, according to Ehresmann, that number has shot up to 500 doses a week.

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