About 94 percent of students in Ada County and 95 percent in Canyon County are assumed to be immunized, based on exemption records for their schools.
A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations.
At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers. Meanwhile, two confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii are being blamed on unvaccinated Washington children who visited the island recently. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases.
This is the first case in the outbreak confirmed to have had an MMR vaccination. Another anti-vaccination group, Informed Choice Washington, had its members at the statehouse on Thursday trying to dissuade lawmakers. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions".
On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years. It occurred despite an earlier law that required parents to talk to a doctor to opt out of vaccines. Schools in Idaho, Shoshone, Lemhi, Valley and Camas counties also had double-digit exemption rates.
Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.More news: Jiggers seized in Weir raid
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The good news for Treasure Valley parents is that local schools have pretty high rates of children being up-to-date on their MMR shots.
Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.
The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the US from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed will get the disease.
Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.