UPDATE: AT LEAST FOUR OUT OF THE SIX PEOPLE WITH MEASLES WERE VACCINATED. Also, we changed our title to the original title of the article. We wonder why on earth they changed it, perhaps Big Pharma wasn’t happy, but it doesn’t matter because we got a screenshot. See above.
On Tuesday the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the 6th case of measles in the state. That brings the total to six cases:
- one case in Bell County (a child who is not school-aged)1
- three in Harris County (two boys younger than 2 and a woman who is between 25 and 35 years old)1
- one in Galveston County (a boy between 1 and 2 years old)1
- and one in Montgomery County (a girl, no age given)1
Of the six cases, five involve children. And at last four of them had been vaccinated against the measles. (It’s unknown if the adult had been vaccinated and had all her boosters.)
Although Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen reported that two of the children had recently been vaccinated and “likely were exposed to measles before receiving the vaccine or before the body could mount a full immune response,”1 he failed to mention- and this is incredibly important information for him to leave out- that the MMR contains LIVE MEASLES VIRUS. Unless and until the health department tests to see if the measles strain is wild or vaccine-driven, we won’t know.
The Chronicle reported that four of the children had gotten the first of the two vaccines, though the state health department could not confirm that. County officials were working to confirm that the woman had been vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine — one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 — to be fully protected against measles.
“While this is a relatively small number of cases, it’s a good time to make sure you and your children have gotten the recommended two doses of measles vaccine,” Van Deusen said.
According to the CDC, two doses of the vaccine are 97 percent effective against the measles, while one dose is 93 percent effective — and vaccinated people who still get the disease tend to have a milder illness.
The agency recommends that adults with no evidence of immunity get at least one dose of the vaccine. Doctors can test for immunity, but the CDC says that may cost more and require additional doctor’s visits, and that there’s no harm in getting another dose of the vaccine.
There were nine confirmed cases of measles in Texas last year.
Across the country, nine other states reported cases of the measles in January, according to the CDC. In Washington, 50 cases have been confirmed this year.
Outbreaks have also been reported in New York state and New York City, where 64 cases have been confirmed in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn since October.