Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles

Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday Jan. 30 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who

Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday Jan. 30 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who

Two cases of measles were confirmed January 13, 2019 and the third measles case was confirmed January 26. Thirty-four were not immunized against the disease.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency because of the outbreak, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been consulting with local and state officials.

"We've since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there's any link between autism and the vaccine", said Alok Patel, reminding that anti-vaxxer movement is the leading culprit of the current measles outbreak in the United States. Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses. And say they're seeing about five new cases each day. The county has had most of the diagnosed cases so far.

Measles was the No. 1 killer of children worldwide before the vaccine was made available in 1963.

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The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation.

"We love to normally get out of the house, we go on trips to Target, out to eat, and we've just kind of been staying inside".

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions". However, now that consequences of these choices have spread, anti-vaxx parents are storming their brains for ways to protect their children (this should be the updated dictionary definition of cognitive dissonance).

Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of measles resemble those of a cold or the flu: a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and sore throat tend to appear before the telltale rash begins to spread. Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles.

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