Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

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Clark County, where 35 of the confirmed cases of measles have been found, had a nonmedical vaccine exemption rate of just under 7 percent for all children going into kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's Deschutes County and in Hawaii to issue alerts, although no cases were confirmed in either location.

Three cases of measles have been confirmed among one Atlanta, Georgia family, health officials reported. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S.

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According to WAC 246-105-030, measles is one of many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of immunity, before attending any school (public or private) or child care center. Effective treatments for people with measles are largely limited to drinking lots of fluids, rest, Vitamin A and over the counter pain relievers.

Once a measles outbreak begins, there are usually 2nd and 3rd generation cases over the following weeks and they may appear anywhere in the state.

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. Since then Rockland County health officials have worked to encourage vaccinations within in the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said. Washington and OR are two of 18 states that allow nonmedical exemptions for vaccines (i.e., for philosophical OR personal reasons). 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. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.

Measles is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash". Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year.

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