WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - Trinity County Public Health is urging people to get vaccinated as the measles resurgence across the country continues.
According to health officials, 120 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia (DC), including California, have been reported with measles since the beginning of the year.
In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported. In 2015, there were 188 people reported from 24 states and DC.
In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases. There were 667 cases from 27 states reported. This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.
Officials warn that measles can be a serious illness for any age, however, children younger than five and adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from measles.
Complications from measles include:
- Ear infections occur in about one out of every 10 children with measles and can result in permanent hearing loss.
- Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis. As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia. About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis that can lead to conclusions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.
- For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.
- Measles may cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely, or have a low birth weight baby.
Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.
To obtain a MMR vaccine, contact your health care provider, local health clinic, insurance plan, pharmacy or local health department.