Oregon Governor On Measles Outbreak: 'Get Your Kids Vaccinated ... Holy Smokes'

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Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles. Get vaccinated now! For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.

If you suspect you have the measles or have been exposed to the virus, the CDC advises people to call their doctor immediately. "As of February 1, 2019, there are no additional cases have been identified in OR and there are no measles cases in Jackson County".

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a public health emergency in the state this week as the number of cases of people with measles continues to rise. A common thread in the USA outbreak is that, in the majority of confirmed cases, the individuals were unvaccinated, which brings home the importance of vaccination.

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Back in that 2004 school year, the vaccination rate was "getting close" to a threshold for herd immunity (around 95%), Clark County public health director Alan Melnick told Business Insider.

Of the confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized.

There has been one confirmed measles case in Multnomah County, Ore., and another in King County. In addition, two people fell ill in Hawaii, having travelled from Washington, where they were infected. The factually incorrect report was debunked many times over in the years that followed, but that hasn't stopped some parents from choosing to not vaccinate their children against diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella.

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Officials haven't yet determined how the measles outbreak started. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

Children receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages 4 and 6.

The Central District Health Department noted that symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body. "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.

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