Officials urge vaccinations amid Northwest measles outbreak

Henrietta Brewer
February 2, 2019

Washington also has a higher-than-average percentage of vaccine exemptions. However, now that consequences of these choices have spread, anti-vaxx parents are storming their brains for ways to protect their children (this should be the updated dictionary definition of cognitive dissonance).

In an effort to stop the spread of the illness, the Health Department and partners have provided more than 16,000 vaccinations.

WAC 246-105-080 authorizes schools, child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not have appropriate documentation of immunity against measles.

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.

Oregon's governor had some choice words about the ongoing measles outbreak in the Portland region when she spoke at a forum in Bend on Friday.

Symptoms of measles can often be similar to cold or flu symptoms, including: fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and fatigue. And say they're seeing about five new cases each day.

But in recent years, there's been a resurgence of the disease both in the United States and overseas, and experts believe its return is fueled by anti-vaccination laws, groups and lobbies, experts say. The MultiCare Immunization Clinic at South Hill Mall in Puyallup also offers free and low-priced immunizations to children and adults.

Measles virus travels through the air.

"We're just really one airplane flight from bringing a case here and once a case comes into a population that's not fully vaccinated we see outbreaks", Dr. Sheffield said. 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.

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.

Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.

Free MMR vaccines are available by calling the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex.

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