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European Region loses ground in effort to eliminate #measles.

#Albania 🇦🇱
#CzechRepublic 🇨🇿
#Greece 🇬🇷
#UnitedKingdom 🇬🇧
have lost their measles elimination status.

bit.ly/2LaPDXO
@WHO_Europe @WHO_Europe_DE @WHO_Europe_RU Re-establishment of #measles transmission threatens progress to eliminate this highly contagious disease. High immunization coverage must be sustained in every community to break the chain of transmission.
@WHO_Europe @WHO_Europe_DE @WHO_Europe_RU #Austria 🇦🇹 and #Switzerland 🇨🇭 attained #measles elimination status, having interrupted continuous transmission of the disease for at least 36 months.
bit.ly/2LaPDXO

#VaccinesWork💪🏽
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#BREAKING Four European states lose measles eradication status as cases soar: WHO
#UPDATE Measles cases are skyrocketing in Europe, says World Health Organization.

WHO declares disease is no longer considered eliminated in the UK, Greece, the Czech Republic and Albania

u.afp.com/J64T
Mistrust.

@AFPgraphics map showing levels of mistrust by country in vaccines, according to a US Gallup Institute for the Wellcome Trust study published in 2019.

The mistrust has been driven by fraudulent claims linking the anti-measles vaccine to a risk of autism
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Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Cholera
Diphtheria
Hep B
Influenza
Japanese encephalitis
Measles
Meningitis
Mumps
Pertussis
Pneumonia
Polio
Rabies
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus
Typhoid
Varicella
Yellow Fever
#VaccinesWork!
Vaccines:
💪🏽 reduce child deaths and disease
💪🏽 protect against outbreaks
💪🏽 prevent malnutrition
💪🏽 defend against antimicrobial resistance

With vaccines, we are protected together! #VaccinesWork 💪🏽
@WHOAFRO @WHOSEARO @WHOWPRO @pahowho @WHO_Europe @WHOEMRO @DrTedros Immunization has proven the test of time as one of public health’s most cost-effective interventions.

It is a central pillar of universal health coverage.

It's time for #HealthForAll!

bit.ly/2zyDCp7 #VaccinesWork 💪🏽
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🚨 #Measles outbreaks continue to spread rapidly around the 🌎🌍🌏: bit.ly/2YW12n7

Reported cases are almost 3 times higher than they were at this same time last year.
@WHO_Europe @pahowho @WHOEMRO @WHOSEARO @WHOAFRO @WHOWPRO @DrTedros @UN_News_Centre The first six months of 2019 have already seen the highest number of #measles cases reported since 2006, straining health care systems, and leading to serious illness, disability, and deaths in many parts of the world. bit.ly/2YW12n7
@WHO_Europe @pahowho @WHOEMRO @WHOSEARO @WHOAFRO @WHOWPRO @DrTedros @UN_News_Centre 🇨🇩, 🇲🇬 and 🇺🇦 have recorded the highest numbers of #measles cases this year. bit.ly/2YW12n7

35 countries have reported more than 1000 cases for 2019 to date.
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This is a manuscript that none of us wanted to write. However, we felt compelled due to ongoing #measles outbreaks and risk to our vulnerable patient populations. 1/5

Preventing Measles among Immunosuppressed Cancer & HCT Recipients
sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
Immunosuppressed pts are at higher risk for #measles complications - like encephalitis & pneumonia - but rely on herd immunity for protection. Many cannot get live virus vaccines like #MMR, or if previously vaccinated, have weakened immune systems put them at high risk 2/6
This paper gives a summary of what we know about measles in cancer (it isn't pretty), and what we can do to best protect our patients. It also gives guidance for when one might consider early vaccination for some of these high-risk pts. 3/6 #measles #vaccination
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More than 1 in 10 children worldwide missed out on lifesaving #vaccines such as #measles, #diphtheria and #tetanus in 2018: New data from WHO/@UNICEF

who.int/news-room/deta…
Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with 3 doses of #diphtheria, #tetanus & #pertussis and the first dose of the #measles vaccine has stalled at around 86% - not sufficient as 95% coverage globally is needed to protect against outbreaks of #vaccine-preventable diseases
Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states.
Almost half are in just 16 countries:
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bit.ly/2LnPP8G #vaccination
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Something I’ve thought of posting for awhile:

My personal manifesto on vaccines in the context of measles outbreaks and as an Epi PhD student with a small child under the age of 1.

A thread.

Grab some popcorn and settle in.

#Parenthood #StudentParent #EpiTwitter
A bit of background: We have family and many friends who live on #VashonIsland (known for having low rates of immunization).

My undergraduate thesis looked at school rates of vaccines on Vashon and found no #herdimmunity for ANY vaccine preventable disease in 2012.
Vashon is an evil genius’ dream for an outbreak.

There are 2 grocery stores, where everyone shops.

The schools share facilities, have student mentor exchanges, etc.

There are regular student trips to the 1 senior center.

Did I mention it’s an island?

It's dry tinder.
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I don’t usually get personal on Twitter, but 6 months after my #mumps ordeal it seems important to tell my story. This is the first time I’m sharing these photos publicly, and I’m doing so only to show the real consequences of preventable diseases like mumps and #measles [1/14]
First off, YES, I was properly vaccinated as a child! However, I have rheumatoid arthritis (an auto-immune disease) and in order to be able to walk and function normally I take medications that suppress my immune system [2/14]
The good news is these medicines keep me feeling good most of the time. But the bad news is they increase my risk of serious infection. And with more and more people not getting vaccinated lately, immunosuppressed folks like me are especially at risk [3/14]
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1-ICYMI: #Measles Many reports are either ignorant or intentionally misleading. Govt's own pro-vaccine world-renowned medical expert says he told govt vaccines can cause autism, after all, in exceptional cases--but says govt covered it up. Affidavit here: sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/dr-and…
2-Analysis of Dr. Zimmerman's findings: sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/analys…
3-The video story about Dr. Zimmerman's findings, which are in line with many studies and other experts re: vaccines triggering autism in children with certain predispositions such as mitochondrial disorder. fullmeasure.news/news/cover-sto…
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Let’s say I have #measles and don’t have symptoms yet. If I decide to go shopping while infectious, I will spread that to 9 out of 10 babies, cancer patients, pregnant women, and unvaccinated ppl within breathing room of me. How do you notify those people?
If I have #measles and expose the public do you review security tapes to try to ID people? Do you put out a press release? Who answers their panicked calls for info? Who investigates them all? Could you miss work for 21 days because you need to be quarantined?
If I have #measles and expose the public and infect a pregnant woman who is going to deliver a baby but might be infectious how do you handle that? Deliver in isolation? Is the baby at risk? What if there’s an emergency? What If you just finished fighting cancer?
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#Measles thread:

If you grew up like I did with parents who didn’t believe in vaccinating kids cause “cult” church, or whatever, you may be wondering if you should get yourself vaccinated as an adult.

(follow along & share)

#VaccinesWork

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Disclaimer:

*not a doctor, just sharing info I learned today from my own doctor + #science*

*blocking/inoculating the spread of anti-vaxxer responses bc Jenny McCarthy didn’t even play a Dr. on TV.

#VaccinesWork

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#Measles what is it?

“...highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person...can spread to others through coughing and sneezing...live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.”
cdc.gov/measles/about/…
3/
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Fauci et al
"Unlike many infectious diseases, #measles is a public hlth prob w/a clear scientific solution. Measles #vaccination is highly effective & safe. Each complicatn or death related to measles is a preventable tragedy that cld have been avoided through vaccination."
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"The recent upsurge in U.S. #measles cases represents an alarming step backward. If this trend is not reversed, measles may rebound in full force in both the United States & other countries & regions where it had been eliminated."

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"Promoting #measles #vaccination is a societal responsibility, with the ultimate goal of global elimination and eradication — relegating measles to the history books."

nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
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#Measles grand rounds this AM. Responding to an outbreak....@LBHealth #Sinai in conjunction with the Baltimore Health Department.
History: once ubiquitous and deadly disease nearly eliminated by the vaccine because #VaccinesWork but because of elimination pockets of people especially in Europe oppose vaccines.
Most US cases are imported. Most were unvaccinated- personal belief exemptions the reason.
Here is what to look for (for those of us who haven’t seen it yet):
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The surge in #measles and #mumps are newsworthy, hot-topic attention grabbers. However, can I make a quick plug for something that is almost certainly going to be an issue in the near future? 1/x
The declines in MMR #vaccine coverage have led to increased outbreaks, several of which have been close to home (looking at you, #Texas). Therefore, coverage for "R" - rubella - is declining in parallel with measles and mumps in the same zip codes. 2/x
The reproductive number (R0), a measure of how infectious a given pathogen is, is highest for measles, medium for mumps, and lowest for rubella. So rubella will show up last... but it's coming. Good review: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P… 3/x
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In this thread, I'm going to present a collection songs, comics, and advertisements showing how no one really cared or worried about a #measles infection before the vaccine came out.
This doll let girls simulate measles or chickenpox infections. Strange they would do that for a disease that people were so terrified of. Were they just ignorant?
Here's a cute song sung by Cab Calloway's daughter, Lael, about her measles infection right at Christmas. She wasn't worried about measles but Santa NOT visiting her—that is, unless he had already had #measles.

They knew it conferred a lifetime of immunity, unlike vaccines.
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I guess I better speak out on my own thread. @GRamsey_LatAm is gushing over how PAHO/WHO are "intervening" in the disastrous Venezuelan health situation.

Dude: I have been watching #measles and #malaria case numbers here in South America for the past few years.

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The deterioration of the health situation in South America is glaringly evident.

A couple of years ago, I watched #malaria case numbers climb over 240,000 in Venezuela, after having been much lower than that for years, and almost eradicated in the 1950s and 1960s.

2/5
Soon thereafter, I personally witnessed the #migration out of #Venezuela , which had once been the most prosperous South American nation.

I saw some people so thin they could have been in the horrors of WW2.

3/5
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Low vaccination rates are a #publichealth crisis, leading to outbreaks of deadly diseases like #measles. My new research in Vaccine/@ElsevierNews provides insight into the characteristics of people who post #antivax content on #Facebook: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vacc…
First, I want to credit my fantastic co-authors: @MTH_Pitt @emfelter @DrToddWo @ChadTRM @PittPubHealth. This research stemmed from thousands of #antivax comments on a video on the @kidspluspgh Facebook page: facebook.com/watch/?v=10159…
We used social network, quantitative, and qualitative analyses to examine 25% of people who left these comments. Our goal was to answer questions about who these people are, the information they post, and how they are connected.
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HOO BOY I just read the "Harvard Study Proves 'Unvaccinated Children Pose No Risk'" garbage, bunk, actually-just-an-open-letter-from-an-antivax-immunologist and I am DANGEROUSLY INFURIATED.

I will NOT be linking to this article. But it is garbage. *RAGE SCREAM* #VaccinesWork
What is notable is the approach: Consistently demonstrating that vaccines are 1) effective and thereby 2) changing the landscape of commonly seen infections to prove that vaccines DON'T prevent spread of disease??

It's a baffling strategy that doesn't work.
#VaxFactsFebruary
It turns out there's a rather good Snopes article debunking a lot of the scientific claims. If you MUST read this thing (which again I wont' link to) you can find it here: snopes.com/fact-check/har…

But since I'm already riled up, here are a few points from me… #VaccinesWork
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Week #5: #Measles & #MMR

Clear topic of the week was measles (so many convos w/ concerned parents this week!) so this week’s thread is on the MMR vaccine

#VaccinesWork #VaxFactsFebruary

@Dr_ScottK @PedsGeekMD @DrJaimeFriedman @DrPanMD

#PediatricTeachingTipsAndPearls

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Brief overview on #measles:

Highly #contagious - 90% of susceptible (i.e. non-vaccinated) persons will become ill if exposed

- Fever
- 3 C's (cough, conjunctivitis, coryza)
- #Koplik spots
- Rash (starts on face & spreads downward)

Sources for thread: @CDCgov & @WHO

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Complications from #measles:

Ear infxn (1 in 10) - can cause hearing loss
Pneumonia (1 in 20) - most common cause of death
Encephalitis (1 in 1000)
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (4-11 in 100,000)

1 in 4 will be hospitalized
1-2 in 1,000 will die

#VaxFactsFebruary

[3/?]
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Origins of the "Vaccines cause autism" hoax. In 1998, Andrew Wakefield released a paper claiming to have linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to the onset of autism. His work has since been described as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years."
Wakefield also had major financial conflicts of interest. While he was discrediting the combination MMR vaccine and suggesting parents should give their children single shots over a longer period of time, he was filing patents for single-disease vaccines.
The General Medical Council (the UK’s medical regulator) found that he had paid children at his son’s 10th birthday party to donate their blood for his research.
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Measles cases hit record high in the Europe

Over 41,000 children & adults in European region have been
infected w/#measles in the first 6 mos, 2018 -- far exceeds the 12-mo totals reported for every other year this decade. 37 dead.

euro.who.int/en/media-centr…>
Meanwhile, in the UK:
Between July2017 & June2018 just under 1000 cases of #measles in Britain, vs 531 cases for the whole of 2016.
There have been 760 cases in the 1st 6 mos of 2018 in the UK, versus 187 in the last half of 2017.
mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/r…
and in UK: "Measles had virtually been eradicated in Britain before confidence in
the MMR #vaccine collapsed in the late 1990s after now-discredited Dr
Andrew Wakefield wrongly claimed the #measles, #mumps, and #rubella jab
was linked to autism."
mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/r…
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The least noted #refugee crisis is the flow of more than 1 million people OUT of #Venezuela, many of whom have had no real medical care for years amid collapse of V's govt syst. Unvaccinated, they are spreading #measles where they go. Example: Colombia: rcnradio.com/salud/casos-de…
[cont] At least 11 countries are affected by #measles due to the mass migration of more than 1 million #Venezuelans -- many of whom have never been properly vaccinated thanks to V govt catastrophe.
medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-m…
Inside #Venezuela hospitals are filling up with #measles patients -- mostly unvaccinated children and young adults. This is what happens when government ceases to perform basic public health functions for its people.
efectococuyo.com/principales/su…
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It's World Immunization Week!
Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Cholera
Diphtheria
Hep B
Influenza
Japanese encephalitis
Measles
Mumps
Pertussis
Pneumonia
Polio
Rabies
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus
Typhoid
Varicella
Yellow Fever
Protected together, #VaccinesWork!
Globally, 1 out of 10 children never receive any vaccination. This must change. #VaccinesWork to ensure #HealthForAll! bit.ly/2Gehs1F
It’s World Immunization Week! Through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood #VaccinesWork to protect health at every stage of life no matter where you live bit.ly/2Gehs1F #HealthForAll
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