As Measles Cases Grow, Lawmakers Look To Change Vaccination Law

As Measles Cases Grow, Lawmakers Look To Change Vaccination Law

Director of Whitman County Public Health Troy Henderson said there are no known or suspected cases on the east side of the state.

According to WAC 246-105-030, measles is one of many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of immunity, before attending any school (public or private) or child care center.

"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism". 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.

"Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee stated in his proclamation that directs state agencies and departments to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas and requests additional medical resources from other states to help contain the outbreak. 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. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection.

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Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

Although the risk of becoming sick is low, DPH has notified individuals who might have been exposed to the virus and are potentially at increased risk for developing measles.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.

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