Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Measles outbreak in northwest US prompt look at vaccine exemptions

Measles outbreak in northwest US prompt look at vaccine exemptions

"Measles is airborne and highly contagious, so if you aren't vaccinated and you're exposed to somebody who has measles, you'll most likely get them", Howell said. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body. Therefore, a massive measles outbreak in the U.S. got traction due to the anti-vaxxer movement. A recent outbreak happened in Washington State. "As of February 1, 2019, there are no additional cases have been identified in OR and there are no measles cases in Jackson County". They can die from pneumonia or encephalitis - brain swelling - brought on by the measles.

Dr. John Bouldin, a pediatrician at LewisGale Medical Center, said about measles, "It was serious enough that [we thought], okay, we need a way to stop this, so that's why the vaccines came about".

Prompted by the outbreak Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies are reminding people that they are offering measles vaccination, for extended hours seven days a week and accept most insurance plans.

Health officials said groups with low vaccination rates are most at risk. The department also has a calendar of clinic dates and times.


The more you know about measles... But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Measles virus travels through the air.

That's based on data for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination - known as the MMR - and exemption rates at Idaho schools, gathered by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash".

Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles. Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider.

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