The disease, which can cause deafness, brain damage and even death, was declared eliminated in the USA in 2000 but has been reported in ten states this year, the Centers for Disease Control said. Measles outbreaks nationwide have reignited the debate on vaccination requirements, and NY should seize this opportunity to become the fourth state to ban non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Even though medical science has conclusively proven that vaccinations are overwhelmingly safe, the rate of children who are receiving optional vaccinations continues to decrease. US professional medical societies such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have been at the forefront of vaccine advocacy - leveraging the fact that physicians are the most trusted source of vaccine information, even among vaccine refusers. Currently, exemption forms can be filed online with only one parent's sign-off.
"We also want to set up systems when there's not an outbreak to ensure there are fewer outbreaks in the future". "That's the direction we'd like to go", said Dix, adding he doesn't know why it didn't happen earlier.
As The Colorado Sun has reported, Gov. Jared Polis opposes Mullica's effort to change the law. "In the places that have had longstanding policies of not having any exemptions - West Virginia and MS, for example - their kindergarten rates are 99 percent". If vaccine refusal is left unchecked, more people will be susceptible. "We've got to make sure the procedures are in place".
There are no personal or philosophical exemptions allowed as there are in Washington, where the measles outbreak has sickened dozens of people.
"Because measles is so contagious, when you get below 95 percent (vaccination) you are prone to potentially having an outbreak", says O'Leary.
"It's not just in developing countries", he said.
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"We risk losing decades of progress in protecting children and communities against this devastating but entirely preventable disease", Soumya Swaminathan, a deputy director general at the World Health Organization, said in a recent statement .
She said providing education on vaccines has proven to be more successful than forcing people to be vaccinated.
Recent outbreaks underscore the risks of allowing nonmedical exemptions.
One of the most important reasons to end non-medical exemptions is to protect children who are medically unable to become vaccinated, such as those who are too young or who are immuno-compromised from diseases like childhood leukemia or HIV/AIDS.
Still, statistics show that North Carolina remains among the states with the highest vaccination rates, but between the 2012-2013 and 2016-2017 school years, the number of kindergarteners excused from immunization more than doubled. "That's why we are one of the most accessible and convenient health-care providers in the province".
This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUER in Salt Lake City and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.