An outbreak of measles in the US state of Washington has triggered an outcry over exceptions that allow residents to opt for vaccinations for personal or philosophical reasons.
One State on Friday The House Committee passed legislation to ban these exemptions for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for school-age children. The Health Care and Wellness Committee approved the law, which was mainly supported by Democrats. The Seattle Times reported that the legislator's sponsor, Paul Harris, was the only Republican supporter. Next, it will go to the House Rules Committee before the plenary session, the Times said.
House Bill 1638 said goodbye with a 10: 5 vote with the full support of nine Democrats. According to Molly Solomon of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Harris said his beliefs had been questioned for his support of the bill. He also said he was "accused of being a child murderer and that I would go to hell because of this bill."
The Washington outbreak prompted Governor Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency last month, with nearly 30 confirmed cases of Clark County, a figure that has almost doubled in recent weeks.
Clark County has confirmed at least 53 cases of measles and one in three cases in King County, with investigators investigating three more suspected cases. In 47 of these cases – the majority in young children – it was noted that those affected were affected who were not immunized. Only two cases in Clark County were found in people over the age of 18, 38 in children under 10 years. Measles can be fatal in young children .
Even today, the bill has provoked indignation from hundreds of vaccines against vaccinations that protested the bill last week before the government's capitol. Also present was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a staunch vaccine critic who met with President Donald Trump in 2017 to investigate unproven anti-Vaxx claims about vaccines and autism.
[Seattle Times via The Hill]