US Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

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

Meanwhile, three cases have been confirmed in Georgia among an unvaccinated family.

Two doses of this vaccine are almost 100-per-cent effective at preventing measles.

In an effort to stop the spread of the illness, the Health Department and partners have provided more than 16,000 vaccinations.

Health officials in Washington have declared a state of emergency over the measles outbreak. Melnick said one need look no further than his county's official Facebook page to glimpse the rampant (and at times sophisticated) anti-vaccine propaganda that's spreading around the area. Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed, Dr Melnick said.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began. State records in Washington show that during the 2004-05 school year, vaccination rates for kindergartners in Clark County were above 91%.

Measles is highly contagious, so we lose herd immunity when about 5 percent of the population is unvaccinated. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada.

'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement. They have since returned home. The highest number of infections there in over two decades and more cases are popping up in states across the U.S. One dose of the measles vaccine gives 93 percent lifelong immunity; a second dose between ages 4 and 6 provides 97 percent immunity.

The Washington State Department of Health, for example, has instituted an infectious disease Incident Management Structure to manage the public health aspects of the incident through investigations of possible cases, laboratory testing and other efforts to protect communities around the state.

A measure introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Washington - the epicenter of the current outbreak - would remove the personal exemption specifically for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

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