Measles outbreak could easily make its way to Montana

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Two adult cases of the measles have been reported by the State Department of Public Health.

The outbreaks began when travelers to Israel and Ukraine returned with the illness. The Oregon Health Authority said a Multnomah County resident had been diagnosed with measles January 25.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.


Doctors statewide will continue monitoring the outbreak and say we should too. More than 180 of the cases happened in Orthodox Jewish communities. Those who get the proper doses of the vaccine rarely contract the disease even if they are exposed.

The report also indicated that around 70 percent of children age 13 to 17 were vaccinated against four common strains of meningococcal disease. With areas such as Clark County, Washington, having a meager 78 percent vaccination rate, those so critically dependent on herd immunity don't stand a chance.

Vaccine acceptance, according to the study conducted by Larson, H.J., et.al. These reasons are also common excuses of parents and/or caregivers who intentionally disregarded the immunization schedules for their child. Before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, for example, it was the leading killer of children in the world, with an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.


Geoff Pursinger, editor of our sister publication, the Hillsboro Tribune, recently tweeted a photo of his weeks-old daughter with the caption, "As an incentive to vaccinate, here's a picture of the cute baby you'd be giving measles to". It's scheduled for a public hearing in Olympia on February 8. "We still have suspect cases with tests pending, so we're not totally in the clear". Previous attempts have failed. Washington's exemption rate, although lower, is also high when compared with other states. Today, because of a widely available vaccine to prevent it, measles cases are a mere fraction of what they once were; an estimated 110,000 people died from measles in 2017.

OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition.

In Washington state, legislation that would have removed the personal or philosophical belief allowance never made it to the House floor for a vote in 2015 amid stiff opposition. A lot of particular particulars concerning the instances in Houston haven't been publicly disclosed, together with how it's believed that the people contracted the illness and if they had been beforehand vaccinated. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions". One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot.


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