Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak

Robert Kennedy Jr. testifies Friday Feb. 8 2019 during a public hearing before the House Health C

Separately, the federal government has issued travel health notices regarding measles outbreaks in Europe, Africa and South America. Outside of the county, that number is 58, including four people in OR and one man in King County.

The CDC insists the two-dose measles vaccine is safe and 97 percent effective.

Domingo said their health workers are personally urging parents to have their children vaccinated through house-to-house visits. "There's nothing that's going to change my mind on this on that specific vaccination", said mother Monique Murray.

A new case of measles has been confirmed in British Columbia - the province's second case of the virus this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease.

Compared with January of previous year, measles vaccinations in Clark County are up 500 percent, from 530 doses to 3,150 doses.

Almost all of the measles cases have been diagnosed in patients who were never vaccinated against the virus.

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It is also highly contagious.

For children who received the first dose of measles-containing vaccine at age younger than 12 months, they can get two additional doses of MR or MMR, minimum of 4 weeks apart, beginning at 1 year old.

Infection does not require close contact and measles can survive in close areas, such as a bathroom, for up to two hours after an infected person has left.

As the Daily Beast reported this week, measles can also trigger subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a form of chronic brain inflammation that is nearly invariably fatal.

The antivaxxers may be willing to accept all these risks, but much of the general public seems to have been alarmed by the spreading outbreak.

An estimated 700 people, a lot of them opposed to stricter requirements, lined up before dawn in the cold, toting strollers and hand-lettered signs, to sit in the hearing, which was so crowded that staff opened up additional rooms to accommodate the crowd.

In 2015, both California and Vermont passed laws removing personal belief exemptions amid a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

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