A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations.
A bill supported by some Democrats in the state Legislature's majority would ban all non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for children in NY. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious.
You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.
Public health officials in the state have confirmed 38 measles cases clustered in southwest Washington.
Two cases of measles were confirmed January 13, 2019 and the third measles case was confirmed January 26.
People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.
"Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee stated in his proclamation that directs state agencies and departments to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas and requests additional medical resources from other states to help contain the outbreak.
Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated global traveler.
In New York, they've had more than 200 cases since October. Clark County, where 35 of the confirmed cases of measles have been found, had a nonmedical vaccine exemption rate of just under 7 percent for all children going into kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.
Children in the U.S. receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages four and six.
The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses.
But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old and is generally not given to infants.