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Spokane health district urges vaccinations as Washington measles cases rise to 34

Spokane health district urges vaccinations as Washington measles cases rise to 34

"It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".

In 2000, measles was considered eradicated in the United States, thanks to vaccination. In 2018, six cases of measles were reported by B.C residents. She said the anti-vaccination pamphlet has been distributed throughout Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where 62 children have contracted the disease. It is paramount that no more people get infected and that the outbreak is contained.

The majority of those infected were children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children under 10 years old.

In Friday's statement, Inslee said, "Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children. Some outright lies, that when put all together, reveal a very terrifying picture of vaccination", Marcus said.

The CDC also noted that the virus can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. To find a public health unit anywhere in the province, see the site finder on ImmunizeBC.ca.

House Bill 1638 - introduced last Friday - would look to eliminate personal exemptions for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.

So far, King County has reported the only adult case, a man in his 50s who was hospitalized but has since recovered.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning that travellers to certain parts of the US could be at risk of catching measles.

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Officials in OR and Idaho have issued warnings. Contagious people also went to Portland International Airport, as well as to hospitals, schools, stores, churches and restaurants across Washington's Clark County and the two-state region, county officials said.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

The BCCDC issued the warning over the weekend, saying that people who travel to Clark County, in Washington state just outside Portland, Oregon, are at potential risk of exposure to measles, because people with measles can infect others prior to the onset of symptoms like fever and rash.

In the USA last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles. However, state laws allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations quickly began eroding those statistics, leading to outbreaks across the nation.

The first known patients in this outbreak sought medical care on December 31, but officials don't know if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment, the AP reported. If one sick child coughs in a room and leaves, another unvaccinated person can still be exposed hours later.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.

"While it is expected that most travellers will be immune to measles, some individuals will be susceptible, including infants less than one-year-old or people who have never been immunized against measles", wrote the BCCDC.