We need most people in the population to be vaccinated in order to maintain our "herd immunity".
MI has not been impacted yet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the outbreak is only expected to get worse.
Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated global traveler and they said they're seeing about five new cases each day.
So far, none of the patients whose immunization status has been confirmed got their measles vaccination.
Health officials said groups with low vaccination rates are most at risk.
A further case has been confirmed in Multnomah County in OR, which has been connected to the outbreak in Washington. Clark County Public Health said in a statement Wednesday there are also 13 suspected cases. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. "The good news is that Utah has no measles cases". Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation.
Stay home if you have the measles. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection.
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So, how is it that a disease that's been declared eradicated in the u.S.
The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one.
Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.
"What is great about the MMR vaccination, especially the measles portion: it is very, very effective", said Lynch, who is also medical director of Harborview Medical Center's infection control, antibiotic stewardship and employee health programs.
Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, red and watery eyes, and a rash that usually appears around three days after symptoms first manifest.
Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.