Gov. Jay Inslee declared a public health emergency in the state this week as the number of cases of people with measles continues to rise.
"Sustaining a high vaccination rate among school children is vital to the prevention of disease outbreaks, including the reestablishment of diseases that have been largely eradicated in the United States, such as measles", the bill states.
"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known", says Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
The symptoms include a rash, a fever and flu-like symptoms.
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About 1 child out of every 1,000 who gets measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.
Surrounding counties also have more than 90 percent of their school-age children protected from the measles.
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According to Jackson County Public Health, measles is a preventable disease - the best protection is to get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR).
Oregon's governor had some choice words about the ongoing measles outbreak in the Portland region when she spoke at a forum in Bend on Friday.
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.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that usually lasts from seven to 10 days. Only one case occurred in a person who was vaccinated.
Measles is extremely contagious, and can be risky, especially for young children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") say the number of cases in the USA has almost tripled in the past year. The first dose of the MMR is typically given when a child is 12 to 15 months old. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada.