By the beginning of the year, health authorities have confirmed 53 measles cases in Clark County and four separate cases related to the outbreak in Multnomah County.  Oregon has the highest rate of children legally exempted from school vaccinations in the country. State Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, told KATU it was dangerous.
He is working on a bill that would eliminate non-medical exceptions to all vaccine requirements. And he predicts that it will succeed.
Greenlick said it's about protecting people, including infants, who usually do not receive measles vaccine before they're one year old.
"I have people coming to my office saying" I have a 3 month old baby. What should I do? I am afraid to take the baby out because I am exposed and they are not protected, "explained Greenlick.
MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccines Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say "getting them" is far safer than getting measles "
But the CDC says that in Oregon, 7.5 percent of kindergarten children have a non- have medical exemption from compulsory education for the school . This is the highest rate of their kind in the nation and about twice that of Washington (3.9 percent). The median percentage for non-medical exemptions nationwide is 2 percent.
"This is not a trivial matter," said Greenlick.
He wants to abolish the personal, religious and philosophical exceptions permitted by the law of Oregon, leaving only the medical exemption.
Kaiser Permanente. He also headed the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University for ten years.
Theresa Wrangham, Managing Director of the National Vaccine Information Center, rejects Greenlick's suggestion.
"You speak of a minority of parents exercising their human rights to voluntarily make medical risk decisions, and vaccination is a risky decision," Wrangham told a KATU reporter. "I claim that this is a human right because it carries the risk of injury and death and you must allow people to make that choice."
"You want to train your kids home and you want to keep them away from the reach of other kids? Do it," said Greenlick. "I have no bearing on their right with this bill, and I have the right to endanger other children in schools if they are not protected."
In 2011, a committee was formed by the Institute of Medicine: "An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles revealed that few health problems are caused or uniquely associated with vaccines."
And in terms of reports of problems a 2012 Institute of Medical Studies said: "… (more than (often) not) we did not have enough scientific information to infer whether a particular vaccine caused a certain rare unwanted event. "
Greenlick hopes to file his bill this week