Brown's comments Friday aren't the first time she's been outspoken about her support for immunizations, even though some Northwest areas rank among the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Health officials in Washington state have declared a state of emergency over the measles. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases. Don't go to school, work, to the store or to other people's homes.
We need most people in the population to be vaccinated in order to maintain our "herd immunity".
'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said. For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak. And the potentially deadly disease is making a comeback mostly in unvaccinated children: Of the total reported cases, 32 were in unvaccinated people, 25 of whom were children under the age of 10.
"If you get both doses of the measles vaccine you're looking at about 97 percent protection", Ward said.
Three cases of measles have been confirmed among one Atlanta, Georgia family, health officials reported. There are four cases with unverified vaccination records, and 37 people who are unimmunized.
The good news for Treasure Valley parents is that local schools have pretty high rates of children being up-to-date on their MMR shots. "We know that what we are doing is not working because we're seeing the measles outbreak".
The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the USA from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000. According to the Washington State Department of Health, people who are exposed to measles and have not had the vaccine or the disease itself are very likely to get measles.
Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.