Religious exemptions for vaccinations in question following measles outbreak

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Beyond southwest Washington, where the outbreak began, cases have also surfaced in Multnomah County, Deschutes County and King County.

The AP noted that Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, which is too low to protect those with compromised immune systems, those who can not get vaccinated because of medical problems, or those who are too young. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. The newest case had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Meanwhile, two confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii are being blamed on unvaccinated Washington children who visited the island recently.

The vast majority of the cases - 37 out of 42 in Clark County - were linked to people who did not have vaccinations for measles. "The rate of measles in the USA recently jumped from an average of 60 cases a year to 205 cases annually", the Mayo Clinic says. Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".

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There is now a measles outbreak that started in Washington and has made its way to OR, and anti-vaxxers are the sole cause of this retro death threat. The agency said that one dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective at prevention, two doses raise the efficacy to 97 percent. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada. Anyone who is not vaccinated against rubella is at risk of getting the disease.

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

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. Patients are contagious four days before and four days after getting the rash. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

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