Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

Mike Hess 5 right and Ranoy Hess 8 look with fascination at a jet injector as it gets loaded

Mike Hess 5 right and Ranoy Hess 8 look with fascination at a jet injector as it gets loaded

Complications are more common in young children and adults. However, there are still means to regain the momentum to continue and strongly support the routine immunization of children to protect them from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases.

A measure introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Washington - the epicenter of the current outbreak - would remove the personal exemption specifically for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. The danger is such that the World Health Organization felt it necessary to rank vaccine hesitancy - a reluctance or outright refusal to be vaccinated - as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the rise in measles to un-vaccinated travelers who get exposed and bring it to the United States and to those who chose not to get vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective.

Doctors play a central role in educating parents and/or caregivers on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines which are recommended by regulatory authorities.

Children should get the vaccine twice- once between 12 and 15 months old and the other from four to six years old. These are usually mild and go away on their own, but serious side effects and injuries are also possible. The measles rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins.

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Dr. Scott Lindquist, a Washington state epidemiologist, said the state health department is seeing new cases every day. If you're not immunized get the shot Today. It is used as an oral supplement in people with poor or severely limited diets or in those who have a condition that increases the need for vitamin A, such as pancreatic or eye disease.

Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade.

"Immunization, in general, has been so effective it has been counter-effective to our jobs", Lesinger said.

Our society has come so far and so many great people have devoted their lives to eradicating these diseases.

"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.

She said those born before 1957 are generally considered immune due to the fact the virus was much more common and those people have probably already had it once.

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