Local vaccination rates rise after Vancouver measles outbreak

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"While we do not have a case at this time, we continue to monitor closely", Mema said.

Caroline Quach, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ste-Justine Hospital, said Quebec could do even more to make sure adults and children have every opportunity to be vaccinated.

"Action is coming", said Dix.

For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health's measles investigation webpage at clark.wa.gov/public-health/measles-investigation.

A report by the BC Centre for Disease Control entitled "Immunization Uptake in Children by the Seventh Birthday" records the percentage of 7-year-old children in each health authority/region of the province that has received various vaccines.

Eight confirmed cases of measles at two schools in Vancouver follows several outbreaks in the United States and overseas.

Given that cases tend to come in waves, Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said there is not an end date for the state of emergency he declared on January 25, which allows Washington to get resources from other states.

If you were born before 1970 or have had measles infection in the past, you are considered protected. It can also be fatal.

The first dose of measles vaccine is provided at 12 months of age. Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose and a painful red rash.

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Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

And Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, told the paper that Clark County Public Health has spent an additional $500,000 in response to the outbreak.

If you have parents that are reluctant to get you vaccinated and wish to find out how to protect yourself (as increasingly children are), check out our guide on how to get vaccinated without your parents' permission.

"No jurisdiction [in Canada] has what's called a forced system", Dix said.

In Ontario, vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella is required by law for all children attending school, although parents can seek an exemption on religious or conscientious grounds. Almost all the rest of the mortalities have been of school-going children. In a new survey, 78 per cent of British Columbians polled by Angus Reid think vaccinations should be mandatory for public school kids.

Research shows that the number of students with non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirements has risen from just 2,314 in 2004 to 56,738 in 2018, an increase of 2,352%.

Katie Clunn of Maple Ridge, B.C., who started the online petition, said vaccination is not only about protecting one's own children, but "others as well".

Nearly all states permit kids to go to school if their parents opt out of vaccines, the news network said.

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