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In a measles outbreak, demand for vaccine tips: NPR



Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has risen to 30, with nine more cases suspected. Clark County Public Health said on Friday, January 25, 201

9, that 29 of the cases are in southwest Washington and one confirmed case is in King County, home of Seattle.

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Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has risen to 30, with nine more cases suspected. Clark County Public Health said on Friday, January 25, 2019, that 29 of the cases are in southwest Washington and one confirmed case is in King County, home of Seattle.

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More than 50 people have been infected with measles in an outbreak in southwest Washington and northwestern Oregon. Doctors and nurses say that they cause people to get vaccinated.

At the Sea Mar Community Health Center in Vancouver, Wash. Administrator Shawn Brannan says many have recently been shot for measles, they have nearly ten times more vaccine than usual.

"Greater populations, who usually do not vaccinate their children for their own reasons, are now insane, if you will, to get vaccinated," says Brannan.

He said many patients are from the former Soviet Union, where mistrust of the government goes deep.

But he says that the clinic also gets a lot from other patients with their own reasons not to vaccinate.

"It's the Google Monster, unfortunately," says Bannan. "Once Google's people have found all these warnings and side effects, it can sometimes blur what's really important to the child or people."

Shawn Brannan, administrator of the Sea Mar Community Health Center in Vancouver, Wash.

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Shawn Brannan, Administrator of the Sea Mar Community Health Center in Vancouver, Washington.

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Branna thinks people see colds in their children at this time of the year – with colds, red eyes, and coughs – and worries that they may be measles. Colds and measles have the same early symptoms.

Alan Melnick, the director of public health in Clark County, is upset.

"I mean, that's a lousy way to reach vaccination rates," says Melnick. "I wish we had vaccination rates in time, I wish it had no outbreak and a child had already been hospitalized."

According to the US Department of Health, about 530 people had been vaccinated against measles in January of last year. In January there were more than three thousand vaccinations.

Across the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, nurse Nancy Casey helps direct the Roosevelt High School Health Center.

She had children who came to her Ask because her parents do not believe in vaccinations. She remembers a certain 16-year-old.

"The child said," You know my mother really does not believe in vaccines, but I think I'd like to start with that, "says Casey.

Under the law of Oregon, children over the age of 15 can receive health care Casey may have her vaccinated without first informing a parent.

Casey says she asks students who come to ask her questions, "Why does not your parent want any vaccines?" "You know, that you are here? "And:" What would they say if they knew you were here? "

She also asks what they know about the disease the vaccine is formulating to prevent, and why

"It helps them to be proponents," Casey says, "and then we go through scenarios. For example, "What if your mother finds out because you tell them?"

In the case of the 16-year-old, the student received the vaccines from Casey and the parents never saw a bill because it became an Oregon Medicaid Program went.

"And at the end of her catching up, she had caught up with her vaccination plan over a year and a half, she had told her mother," says Casey. She says that the student's mother is not enthusiastic, but has not made a subject of it.

Shona Carter sits at home on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, as she has been doing for months.

Shona Carter has leukemia, meaning that doctors had to kill her immune system and give her a new one – in the form of a bone marrow transplant.

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Shona Carter has leukemia, which means doctors need to kill her immune system and give her a new one – in the form of a bone marrow transplant.

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She has leukemia, which means that doctors have to kill her immune system and give her a new one in the form of a bone marrow transplant.

However, a new immune system has to adapt to diseases again.

19659008] "I mean, you're a baby, you're brand new, you need to have all your vaccines renewed," says Carter.

"Some of them can not be done immediately because they are so live debilitated vaccines," says Carter. "The measles are important to me, but I can not have them now."

Carter's immune system is not strong enough, so the outbreak greatly upsets her.

But she can not do much Follow the doctor's instructions, eg. Stay home, use a lot of hand sanitizer and wear a mask.

"I do not want setbacks," says Carter.

"One of my fears is getting something like the measles that could potentially kill me because I'm not strong enough to fight it off."

Measles can kill or be blind, but that's rare.

The authorities say the outbreak is still developing. They do not expect an early end.

Washington and Oregon are two of 17 states where children are allowed to go to school unchecked due to personal beliefs. Both state legislators are now considering changes to these laws.


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