Health officials are confirming more cases of the measles as an outbreak in southwestern Washington continues to grow. He said the district's head nurse, Michelle Hyatt, is coordinating with the county to ensure schools are taking the appropriate steps.
Democratic Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, a co-signer on the bill, said she would prefer an even broader proposal, but "right now we're looking at what we can get moved". "The other is really taking another look at our immunization status and records".
But in recent years, there's been a resurgence of the disease both in the USA and overseas, and experts believe its return is fueled by anti-vaccination laws, groups and lobbies, experts say.
"Kids who are under the age of 12 months can't get vaccinated, pregnant women can't get vaccinated, our school children are not vaccinated to the 95 percent level", Dr. Sheffield said.
Director of Whitman County Public Health Troy Henderson said there are no known or suspected cases on the east side of the state. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.
"Please get your children vaccinated", Gov. Kate Brown said.
In short, a harsh measles outbreak hit the United States this year, and the main reason why the virus spread so fast across the young populations is the anti-vaxxer movement which considers vaccines as harmful for children. Although rubella was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2004, cases can occur when unvaccinated people are exposed to infected people, mostly through worldwide travel.
"If you get both doses of the measles vaccine you're looking at about 97 percent protection", Ward said.
Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for "personal, moral OR other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. It can take as long as two weeks for symptoms to first appear after someone is infected, increasing the likelihood of spreading the disease.
You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
"You also don't want to just go to your doctor's office", Henderson said.