Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

1 in 4 kindergartners aren't fully vaccinated in county with measles outbreak

1 in 4 kindergartners aren't fully vaccinated in county with measles outbreak

The outbreak, which started at the end of December and prompted Washington's governor to declare a public health emergency earlier this month, has drawn further attention to the risky consequences of vaccination exemptions.

In Clark County, Washington, which borders Portland, Oregon, Monday's 36 confirmed measles cases were up significantly from the 26 on Friday, when Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency.

According to figures from Clark County Public Health, 27 of those infected had not gotten a measles vaccine.

Most of the cases involved children younger than 10, the Clark County Public Health Department said in a statement. Over the weekend, nine more cases were discovered.

There is also one case in King County, which includes Seattle.

Individuals with confirmed cases were reported by LCPH to have traveled throughout the Portland Metro area during their communicable period, prompting health officials to issue a warning down the I-5 corridor.

The proclamation directs state agencies and departments to utilize state resources and do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas.

Denver Public Health put out the alert stating an adult had measles and was in Colorado between January 9 and January 14. The proposed legislation was sent to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee. In neighboring OR, one case of measles has been confirmed in a resident of Multnomah County, which officials have linked to the Washington outbreak.

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At least one person has been hospitalized in Washington.

People who choose not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the illness, said Melnick, who himself had measles as a child, before the vaccine was commonplace.

Rigler said measles is highly contagious to both adults and children, and it can lead to hospitalization, brain swelling and death. This is followed by a rash of flat, red spots which cover the body and are accompanied by a high fever.

In 1978, the CDC set a goal to eliminate measles from the United States by 1982. Thanks to the high numbers of unvaccinated children, "this epidemic could last a while". Also, the Maine Center for Disease Control keeps a pretty detailed record of infection and prevention.

In Clark County, which borders on Portland, almost seven percent of children were exempted from required kindergarten entry vaccines in the 2017-2018 school year for non-medical reasons, according to Isaac Stanley-Becker of the Washington Post.

Gaza mentioned that California had a similar stance in the past, but changed its guidelines to require childhood immunizations after a serious outbreak happened in 2014 at Disneyland.

"There's no reason why non-medical exemptions should exist", said Maldonado, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Once you start to dip below 95% vaccination you start to lose the herd immunity".

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