Measles making comeback on widening anti-vaccine movement

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A measles outbreak in Washington state prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency on January 25.

The controversy began in November 2017, when Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur announced that the vaccine may not be effective in some cases and could lead to severe dengue infections among people who have not previously had the disease. "90 percent of people who aren't immunized will be infected with measles, so that just speaks volumes about how contagious it is and why it's so easily spread", said Katie Nelson, Mesa County Public Health.

More than 70 people - mostly children - have died nationwide since January, with a high concentration of cases in the capital, Manila, and its surrounding provinces.

Georgia is one of 17 states that allows non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for going to school, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those without insurance can visit a state health center.

In California, a Disneyland-linked outbreak identified in early 2015 sickened about 150 people and prompted the state to tighten its vaccination exemption laws.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.

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"We do like to see immunization rates as high as possible". "The first case in OR had few public exposure sites".

The CDC attributes measles outbreaks, both recent and the ones in years past, to many people from the USA traveling to countries with more measles cases than usual, as well as small pockets of unvaccinated people in the US itself.

Two doses of the vaccine - at 1 year to 15 months old and a second dose at 4 to 6 years - provides about 97 percent protection. In Italy, where the current governing coalition had pledged to drop a law banning children without vaccination from starting pre-school (the coalition has since reversed its position), health officials have declared a 'measles emergency, ' as nearly one quarter of all measles cases in Europe in 2017 were reported in Italy. In Washington, lawmakers heard testimony last week on a bill that would remove the ability of parents to claim personal and philosophical exemptions from the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for their school-age children.

He says the only shot he received, tetanus, as a toddler was out of necessity. She plans to get the MMR vaccine, along with shots against HPV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox) later this year. The explanation? Her mom's place, 'vaccines are unsafe, that is one thing we don't do, depart it alone, ' the teenager instructed NBC Information. "Because it's a health science field, I absolutely have to have the required vaccinations".

Measles is so contagious that almost everyone who isn't immunized and comes into contact with the virus will get sick.

Caroline Radnofsky is a London-based reporter for NBC News.

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