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Idaho measles vaccination rates are lower in North Idaho

Idaho measles vaccination rates are lower in North Idaho

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a public health emergency in the state this week as the number of cases of people with measles continues to rise.

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines.

As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated. These people were not vaccinated, and the Georgia Department of Public Health recently announced that they are now out of the infectious state of the disease.

In New York, health officials have seen more than 200 cases since October. In fact, according to the CDC, just one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective against measles.

Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

Officials say the vast majority of people who have been infected are likely children of parents who decided not to have them vaccinated.

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Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated global traveler.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District clarified a Thursday news release indicating state law requires children or staff of public and private schools or child care show proof of immunity to Mumps, Measles and Rubella if the disease is present.

The post was quickly screenshotted and spread on Twitter, where people had a myriad of strong-worded responses to the mom.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said. Someone who has no immunity can get sick up to three weeks after they have been exposed to the virus.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.