Oregon Governor On Measles Outbreak: 'Get Your Kids Vaccinated ... Holy Smokes'

Oregon Governor On Measles Outbreak: 'Get Your Kids Vaccinated ... Holy Smokes'

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has some people questioning religious exemptions for families who want their children to opt-out of mandatory immunizations.

Idaho schools keep track of students' vaccination status, and parents can file an exemption if they choose not to get their kids immunized or their child can't get vaccines for medical reasons. Get vaccinated now! For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.

In stark contrast to some social media rumors, the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington which has spawned at least one case in Oregon has not spread to Southern Oregon, Jackson County Public Health said in a statement on Friday.

ABC Action News has obtained public health records detailing how many unvaccinated children attend Tampa Bay area schools.

Washington now has a sufficient supply of MMR vaccine for children and adults; however, as the outbreak continues, vaccine supply may be affected.

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"People are feeling extremely oppressed and feeling like they can't make an educated decision", said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the group.

Florida is one of 17 states that allows the exemption based on religious grounds. Vermont also abandoned its personal exemption in 2015. "The state senator (Elizabeth Steiner Hayward) who attempted to strengthen our vaccination rates was literally bogged down by avid parents".

The overall vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in California rose to 95 percent in the two years after the law passed. 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. Of these, approximately 500,000 cases were reported each year to CDC; of these, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and, after the first few days, a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed will get the disease.

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