And while they hate saying, "I told you," pediatricians told them.
"I've said in the last few years [that] that it's only a matter of time. We're seeing a terrible measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest," Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.
Among these 47 states, there are 18 states also allowing parents to revoke vaccines if they have personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against vaccinations.
Exemptions are allowed for the states that include Oregon and Washington. The other 1
One of the hotspots is the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, Spokane and Portland.
"It's really a no-brainer," Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, Chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases.
The paediatricians group only supports medical exceptions, for example for children undergoing chemotherapy, as the vaccine may be harmful to them.
19659004] "There is no reason why non-medical exceptions should exist, "said Maldonado, head of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine.
In 2015, the legislators of Oregon and Washington had deliberated to achieve this to obtain more severe exceptions. Both measures failed because of the lobbying work of the anti-vaccine groups.
"If the government in America forces its fellow citizens to risk injury or death without their voluntary consent, then we are no longer Americans, our bodies belong to the state and can be sacrificed by them. he added.