Ensure Children are Fully Vaccinated Against Measles – Dr. Tufton

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles.The advice comes against the background of the recent increase in cases of the disease in the United States and across the region.Dr. Tufton said parents ought to take this precaution as measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease.“In order to stop the disease from spreading, 95 per cent of children in Jamaica need to be fully vaccinated with the two doses – MMR1 at 12 months and MMR2 at 18 months,” he noted.The Minister, who was making a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 23), said the vaccines are available at all public health centres across the island free of cost.He lamented that there has been a decrease in uptake of the vaccines over the last few years, and in 2018, Jamaica had 89 per cent coverage of MMR1 and 82 per cent coverage of MMR2.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton assured that there are no local or imported cases of measles in Jamaica.“As at 30 March 2019, there were 3,674 suspected cases and 596 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas, with over 300 of the confirmed cases from the USA. In Europe, in January 2019, there were 881 cases of measles reported from 19 countries,” he said.Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult. The virus circulates worldwide, and approximately 90 per cent of susceptible people (persons not vaccinated) who are exposed to someone with the virus will be infected.Most cases of measles are mild and symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to an infected person, but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.The complications from measles include ear infection and diarrhea, while severe complications include pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death. Pregnant women may give birth prematurely or have a low-birth-weight baby.Jamaica has had no local spread of measles since 1991. The last imported case of measles in Jamaica was in 2011.The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the island for imported cases of measles. Persons may call 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) or visit the nearest health centre for more information. Dr. Tufton said parents ought to take this precaution as measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles. The advice comes against the background of the recent increase in cases of the disease in the United States and across the region.last_img read more

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Laura Dern Raises Awareness Of Lung Cancer At Academy Awards

first_imgThe American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative congratulates Academy Award nominee Laura Dern for her acclaimed performance in the movie adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild,” in which she portrays Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer only seven weeks after being diagnosed.Laura Dern continues the Oscars celebration by slipping into a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress for the Vanity Fair After-PartyCredit/Copyright: Mike Windle/Getty ImagesTo help elevate awareness of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Dern and Strayed debuted statement jewelry featuring LUNG FORCE’s signature color, turquoise, on the red carpet and later, Dern donned a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress at the exclusive Vanity Fair After-Party.“When I first got involved in the project, I was so moved by Cheryl and her mother’s story,” Dern said. “And after researching the role, I was shocked to learn that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, but only one percent of women say lung cancer is even on their radar. That’s why I’m asking all women to unite and share their voices to fight this deadly disease. Go to LUNGFORCE.org to see how you can get involved.”Strayed added, “I know very personally how lung cancer affects women – no one should have to lose their mother the way I did. That’s why I feel an obligation to help unite all women so we can – one day – defeat this disease.”LUNG FORCE, which is nationally presented by CVS Health, works to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women, and is projected to kill more than 71,000 American women in 2015, accounting for about 26 percent of all female cancer deaths.“Cheryl’s very moving story embodied by Laura’s breakthrough performance in ‘Wild’ is a powerful reminder of the need to fight this deadly disease,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “Through this, we aim to continue to raise awareness of lung cancer and, ultimately, defeat lung cancer. The time for change is now.”Visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn more, or join the conversation on Facebook at Facebook.com/LUNGFORCE or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LUNGFORCE.last_img read more

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Social media turns on AFN for signing MOU with Canada

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsThe Crown and the Assembly of First Nations held its first permanent high level meeting Monday.During a photo op of the meeting, the prime minister and national chief of the Assembly of First Nations signed a memorandum of understanding.It spelled out a list of shared priorities they agreed to work on.The reaction to the signing on social media was swift and largely [email protected]last_img

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