Pullman School District monitoring state’s measles outbreak

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Dr. Sheffield said that a population has to be 95 percent vaccinated before it's possible to keep people from being infected. "We've since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there's any link between autism and [the vaccine]".

"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.

Director of Whitman County Public Health Troy Henderson said there are no known or suspected cases on the east side of the state.

A further case has been confirmed in Multnomah County in OR, which has been connected to the outbreak in Washington. "There aren't any other alternatives to vaccination".

Opposition to vaccines is generally based on junk science that has been endorsed by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy who, with Oprah's help, falsely hinted that there may be something risky about the measles vaccine.

The governor of Washington last week declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak, which authorities have said could last for months. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.

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The Chelan-Douglas Health District says state law requires children get the MMR or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine or show proof of immunity before attending any public or private school or child care center.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants. In addition, two people fell ill in Hawaii, having travelled from Washington, where they were infected.

"Please get your children vaccinated", Gov. Kate Brown said.

Although there are many reasons why a parent who believes in vaccinations might not be able to get their child immunized (including allergies and illnesses), people are calling out this mom as "anti-vax" since her message went viral. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions".

The contagious virus spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing and will kill one or two out of every 1,000 children who contract it.

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.

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