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

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

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

About 3,800 school-age children in Idaho likely are not fully immunized for the measles.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

Authorities say there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles in a Pacific Northwest outbreak. "Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

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Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young. That does leave about 1,600 students in those counties, combined, who might not be protected from the measles.

The majority of measles cases are children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children under 10 years old. Almost 4 percent of North Dakota parents don't get their children immunized before kindergarten.

Free MMR vaccines are available by calling the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex.

The disease is highly contagious and can have complications that are deadly. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. "They may need to be hospitalized and could die". Those opposed to certain vaccines also object to an outside authority mandating what they put in their children's bodies, and some have concerns about the combination of the measles vaccine with the mumps and rubella immunizations, which is how it's routinely given. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent". "With vaccinations, just to see those rates drop so dramatically, that's been the treatment".

As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated.

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