Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

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																	Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehner

Public health officials said Wednesday that 38 cases are in southwest Washington state, one is outside Portland, Oregon, and one is in Seattle.

A further case has been confirmed in Multnomah County in OR, which has been connected to the outbreak in Washington.

The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's Deschutes County and in Hawaii to issue alerts, although no cases were confirmed in either location.

Back in that 2004 school year, the vaccination rate was "getting close" to a threshold for herd immunity (around 95%), Clark County public health director Alan Melnick told Business Insider.

In New York, health officials have seen more than 200 cases since October. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

In 2018, 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles were confirmed in the United States. The factually incorrect report was debunked many times over in the years that followed, but that hasn't stopped some parents from choosing to not vaccinate their children against diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella.

Measles outbreak travels from Pacific Northwest to Hawaii
The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the USA and into Canada. The highest number of infections there in over two decades and more cases are popping up in states across the U.S.

The main people at risk in the current outbreak are those lacking immunity, which is achieved by being vaccinated or by having had the measles disease itself.

Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions. Vaccinations are free for children and low cost for adults at area hospitals through a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as well, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's free vaccination clinics for children. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and, after the first few days, a rash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are not sure about your immunization status, and you can not locate your vaccination records, it is safe to get the MMR vaccine.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the U.S. died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

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