Jefferson County reporting first case of measles

There are 25 confirmed cases of the disease in Canterbury

Nerius did not receive a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine as a kid because his parents believed the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxers. Lindenberger went as far as testifying about his case before a U.S. Senate committee last week. There are no new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

One child with measles walking through a school will pretty much infect every other susceptible person in that school.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. The World Health Organization recently warned that anti-vaccination organizations are one of ten major global health threats this year. "These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the agency notes on its website.

"Without urgent efforts to increase vaccination coverage and identify populations with unacceptable levels of under-, or unimmunized children, we risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating, but entirely preventable disease". There is a lot more information available to people through social media. The first dose is typically received by the children at the time when they turn 15 months old and the second dose is generally given to them when they reach the age of 4 years.

Washington is one of the states that allows parents to opt out of giving their children vaccines because of "personal beliefs".

"I saw some really overwhelming evidence that was in defense of vaccines and when I turned 18, I pursued that route", Lindenberger said. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity. It's possible - but very unlikely - for a person to contract the virus after they've been vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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