Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Northwest US measles cases prompt look at vaccine exemptions

Measles outbreaks confirmed in 3 new states amid Washington state of emergency Four states have confirmed cases of measles
Ben Pena | 02 February, 2019, 13:24

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has some people questioning religious exemptions for families who want their children to opt-out of mandatory immunizations. Clark County, where 35 of the confirmed cases of measles have been found, had a nonmedical vaccine exemption rate of just under 7 percent for all children going into kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. And two Clark County cases traveled to Hawaii recently, but most likely didn't create any exposures during their trip, according to Public Health.

During an October debate against Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, Brown said "we probably give parents a little too much leeway".

Washington now has a sufficient supply of MMR vaccine for children and adults; however, as the outbreak continues, vaccine supply may be affected.

OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions".

Measles was basically eradicated in the USA after the introduction of the vaccine. Anyone who is not vaccinated against rubella is at risk of getting the disease.

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"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.

The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the US from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000. Serious complications include brain swelling that can cause blindness or deafness and pneumonia.

Symptoms of measles can often be similar to cold or flu symptoms, including: fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and fatigue. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash".

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

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