In some Muslim traditions it is against the teachings of their religion to allow children to be vaccinated.
Just north of Portland, Oregon, Clark County accounts for 65 measles cases, 47 of them among children under age 10. This is why children within a 100-meter radius of an infected patient should be vaccinated. To date, none of the confirmed measles sufferers appear to have been vaccinated.
Around 7.5 percent of kindergartners in OR were unvaccinated in 2018, the highest rate in state history.
The outbreak began with visitors to and from Israel where more than 2,600 people have reportedly been affected. Those cases were thought to be connected to the outbreak in southwest Washington, however.
The issue in the United States comes down to vaccination coverage, and the exemption rules that vary from state to state. In the most populous USA state, exemptions are permitted only for medical reasons.
"Scientists in the United States and other countries have carefully studied the MMR shot". Connecticut, for instance, requires parents claiming an exemption for religious reasons to provide a yearly, notarized statement to this effect.
This year's bill would make it easier for people to get vaccine exemption forms. I urge parents who are traveling with young children to follow Health Department recommendations and vaccinate their kids. In Ukraine, there were 35,120 cases of measles in 2018, up from 4,782 in 2017. Almost all of those children used a non-medical exemption, according to Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Health Authority. Research also suggests that children who get measles before age 2 have a higher risk of developing SSPE later in life. As NPR's Patti Neighmond reports, this has some states considering laws that would make it more hard for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. This can only be remedied by increasing the number of vaccinated children everywhere.More news: Pakistan Says It Will Return Indian Pilot Shot Down During Kashmir Airstrike
Messonnier also noted that a lack of adequate access to health care can be a barrier to getting vaccinations, as has been seen in some rural and low-income communities. This is nothing new - the benefits of vaccines in eliminating diseases have been known to far outweigh their risks.
The vaccine against measles was introduced five decades ago, having been invented in 1963. Before that, it killed 400 to 500 people a year in the US.
This winter, outbreaks of a disease once considered eradicated in the USA are prompting states to take action.
"If the current rate continued for the rest of this year, our country will have seen nearly 1,000 cases", Grosso said.
Two US senators recently called on the CDC to explain what it is doing in response to what they called "pockets of unvaccinated people".