Measles Cases Confirmed In Washington State

Tribune editorial Don’t fall for anti-vax scare campaigns

There were no new confirmed cases of measles Tuesday - the first time in weeks. Public health officials said they have not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles. Disregarding a child's immunization schedule is a lame excuse of those who are not fully aware of the benefits and protection that their child can get after being vaccinated.

Data shows Montana hasn't had a case of confirmed measles since 1990 - and it was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Once a person has measles, about 90% of close contacts who are susceptible to it will develop the disease, she added. One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy".

Washington is one of many states with non-medical exemptions. So what can you do to help keep measles out of this community? If the objective of government is to protect the life and liberty of its citizens, why can't our lawmakers guarantee that our children survive childhood to have the opportunity to experience that freedom?

Before the vaccine was available, 400 to 500 people died from the measles each year and 50,000 had to be hospitalized.

"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said.

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws
Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses. Get vaccinated now! For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.


"For San Lazaro alone, we have seen a very huge jump for the number of measles cases", De Guzman said. If a person with measles is in a room and simply coughs, a person that is in the same room and it is not vaccinated, can get the virus from the droplets in the air. Then, families travel to other countries where the virus is more common, and since they are unprotected, they bring the virus back to the U.S. This is when outbreaks occur. According to the CDC, just one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective.

Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated. "It is very clear that there is no connection between vaccination and autism", Richards said.

It's time for the majority of parents to trust the OR, national and worldwide scientific communities and get their kids immunized.

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.

Also in 2017, The Columbian newspaper reported that 22 percent of kindergarten students had not completed their required immunizations when they started school that year.

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