Man vaccinated against measles in 1970s comes down with the virus, Clallam County says

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This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or virion, of measles virus.

PORT ANGELES — A fifth case of measles has been confirmed in Clallam County, this time an adult male who had been vaccinated in the 1970s and was thought to be immune, it was announced Friday.

“The case is an adult relative of two earlier cases who was thought to be immune to measles. This latest case was exposed to one of the earlier cases during their infectious period,” the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services said.

A total of five cases of measles have been confirmed in Clallam County since February. The first four cases occurred among people who were not vaccinated against measles.

However, “the fifth and newest case had received one dose of measles vaccine in the 1970s. The vaccine that was in use at the time had a different formulation from the current vaccine and was less effective,” the department said.

It added that the current measles vaccine (called MMR for measles, mumps, and rubella) is highly effective.

Dr. Jeanette Stehr-Green, Clallam County health officer, said,  “Approximately 95% of people who receive one dose of the current measles vaccine are protected against measles. This percentage increases to 97-99% following two doses.”

Stehr-Green encouraged local residents to get vaccinated, saying “We are not out of the woods yet with this outbreak. It is vital to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family against measles as well as those who cannot be vaccinated including babies, pregnant women, and immune suppressed people.”
Free MMR vaccination clinics will be held at HHS Public Health Section, 111 E 3rd Street, Port Angeles on the following dates:

March 16, Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Walk-in clinic.

March 19, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Appointments or walk-ins accepted.

March 21, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Walk-in clinic.

Appointments may be made for any of the clinics by calling 360-417-2274.


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  • Think about it i dare you

    OH BUT of course they would say it was a diff version of the one now and it was less effective i would like to point out that all vaccines today come from one that is less effective…….another news report looking to put people in the ” FEAR AND CONSUME” state are government loves us to be in

    • Kelly M. Bray

      The vaccine is not ineffective. One dose confers life long immunity to 95% of the vaccinated population. In the 1970’s it was realized that due to measles incredible degree of infectiousness a second dose was needed for those 5%. Same vaccine, improved schedule.

  • Ty Thacker

    Dr. Maurice Hilleman, the creator of the measles and many other vaccines, admits in this interview originally aired on PBS but later buried, that vaccines are dangerous and all contain wild undetectable viruses that cause cancer, leukemia, and more diseases. As Chief of the vaccine division of Merck Pharmaceuticals he witnessed the HIV virus and SV40 cancer viruses deliberately allowed to go into polio and other vaccines. He also states that the media and government lied and covered up the truth that polio was not stopped by the vaccine, but rather introduced the cancer epidemic in this country.

    • Kelly M. Bray

      You have posted this exact same post hundreds of times on the internet. Word for word. Nothing but lying SPAM. Hang around and debate it, instead of posting and running like usual.

    • kitty

      You anti-vaxxers are so stupid it’s not even funny. It’s obvious to anybody with brains and sense of humor that Dr in the video was making a joke parodying you conspiracy theorists and your idiotic notion. If you look, everyone laughed. You don’t even have common sense. Millions of people are vaccinated, do you see them all getting HIV.

  • VaccineTruthUK

    It’s a real shame there aren’t more details about this case. It does happen (rarely as this article nicely points out) that a vaccinated person can still come down with the disease, but often the symptoms are much less severe than if they hadn’t been vaccinated at all. Be interesting to know if that is true here.

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