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Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

We need most people in the population to be vaccinated in order to maintain our "herd immunity". "We've since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there's any link between autism and [the vaccine]".

Brown's comments Friday aren't the first time she's been outspoken about her support for immunizations, even though some Northwest areas rank among the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. "There aren't any other alternatives to vaccination".

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be risky, especially for young children. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks. The telltale sign of measles is a rash that usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak. "The best defense against infection is vaccination, which the CDC says is about 97 percent effective", added Patel.

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At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travellers.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. According to the CDC, approximately one in four people in the United States who gets measles will require hospitalization. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions".

The virus, spread by coughing or sneezing, can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.