Northwest US measles cases prompt look at vaccine exemptions

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Along with that, Deschutes County has confirmed one case tied to a Southwest Washington child who visited Bend; King County, Washington, has one case; and health officials in Hawaii say they had to quarantine two Washington children who visited. Although rubella was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2004, cases can occur when unvaccinated people are exposed to infected people, mostly through worldwide travel. He said the district's head nurse, Michelle Hyatt, is coordinating with the county to ensure schools are taking the appropriate steps. State records in Washington show that during the 2004-05 school year, vaccination rates for kindergartners in Clark County were above 91%. Clark County, where 35 of the confirmed cases of measles have been found, had a nonmedical vaccine exemption rate of just under 7 percent for all children going into kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds. Since then Rockland County health officials have worked to encourage vaccinations within in the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said.

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Smith has made an appointment to get him the shot as soon as possible - the day after he turns one. Two doses of the measles vaccine are 97 percent effective against infection, and in 2000, officials announced the disease had been eliminated from the U.S. Measles infections have been on the rise in recent years because of anti-vaccine sentiment and debunked claims the inoculations have a connection to autism.

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And in the US, 18 states allow parents to opt-out of vaccinations for personal beliefs.

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Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body. Doctors say the disease spreads so quickly because it can linger for hours after an infected person has left the room. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

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