It's here in Canada too. There was a report in our local paper about a case hitting our Regional Hospital and that anyone who was there between certain dates and times should get in touch with their doctor. We got lucky, we weren't there at the same time as the infected person. It seems every time you turn around, a Province is reporting a case or more.
Diagnosed in 2014. I'm also a renal specialist nurse
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From the WHO website (
15 APRIL 2019, GENEVA - Measles cases have continued to climb into 2019. Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years.
While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases. Current outbreaks include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine, causing many deaths – mostly among young children.
Over recent months, spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States of America as well as Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia, as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people.
I know I was vaccinated against the measles, but still had both the red and German. But when it first hit Canada (before coming to NB) I asked my doctor if I should be re-vaccinated and he told me I was okay.
Unfortunately, you can't convince some people to vaccinate their kids.
Steven and I are actually thinking about getting the shingles vaccine. We've spoken to our doctor about it and just need to come up with the money to pay for them.
So far there hasn't been a mumps out break and as far as I know I haven't been around anyone who has them!
Cindy my hematologist sent me to an immunologist last year because I have low Immunoglobulin G and she knew nothing about it (I started with a new hematologist in January). Long story short - the immunologist said not to get the shingles vaccine because they didn't know enough about it in those with autoimmune disorders (something like that - can't find the post I made here with what he said, sorry).
I'm in a group of 6 who take clogging dance classes - out of the 6 of us all, as of this year, have had shingles (me 2x) - in the last 1 1/2-2 years the last 3 were "blessed" with it. All 3 cases were different too, the one who got it this year only had a small spot and no pain & caught it early enough to get on the anti-viral med. The other 2 had it a long time and lots of pain - the 1st of the 3 to get it still has nerve pain from it.
You do what you & your doctor feel is best for you!!! I will wait for now before getting the vaccine. My husband got the original vaccine and I hope he never ever gets shingles!!!!!
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