Northwest US Measles Cases Prompt Look At Vaccine Exemptions

Anti-vaxx Mom Asks How To Protect Her Son From Measles Outbreak. The Internet Delivered.

The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement.

The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. "As of February 1, 2019, there are no additional cases have been identified in OR and there are no measles cases in Jackson County".

There have been 38 confirmed and 13 suspected cases so far. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles. In the event of a measles outbreak, WAC 246-105-080 authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not have appropriate documentation of immunity against measles.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. Women should make sure they are protected from rubella before they get pregnant.

You can request a copy of your vaccination records from the Oregon Health Authority by printing out this online form. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated global traveler. Doctors say the disease spreads so quickly because it can linger for hours after an infected person has left the room.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears.

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