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While children in OH schools are "required" to get vaccinations, the state is one of just 17 where law allows both "philosophical" and religious exceptions, allowing parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

Nerius did not receive a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine as a kid because his parents believed the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxers.

"Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunisations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated", Pink said.

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Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average.

He knows that his suffering three years ago could have been avoided if he received immunization, and he is concerned about the dozens of children in Washington state where a measles outbreak began earlier this year.

Widespread immunization all but eliminated measles from the United States by the year 2000.

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Panic is setting in over the Canterbury measles outbreak as more cases of the untreatable disease emerge.

On Monday the Canterbury District Health Board confirmed 25 cases, adding in a statement that it expected the numbers of measles expected to rise. Health officials recommend you call ahead to make sure locations have the vaccinations and staffing available to immunize you. Risk lowers substantially with one dose of measles containing vaccine and further still with two. Other states, including Missouri, have more stringent laws that allow for religious exemptions to vaccines. Measles can cause serious complications, especially for children younger than 5 years old.

Even though the vaccine is highly effective, globally around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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