‘People underestimate how serious measles can be’

In Oregon, 7% of kindergartners are not vaccinated

A child with measles, as seen on the Center for Disease Control website (file)
A child with measles, as seen on the Center for Disease Control website (file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The measles outbreak in more than a dozen states has focused attention on the vaccination issue again.

In Oregon, 7% of kindergartners are not vaccinated, the highest rate in the nation, according to the CDC.

Medical professionals in the state said measles is a highly contagious disease that can be caught even without direct contact with an infected person.

“If measles shows up in the right place it can affect a lot of people and I think people underestimate how serious measles can be,” said Ann Thomas, public health physician.

To date, only one confirmed case of measles has been reported in Oregon in this current outbreak.

Hillary, Christie weigh in on issue

(AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton is tweaking Republicans who say vaccinations should be optional, writing on social media that vaccines protect the lives of children.

Clinton says on Twitter, “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids.” The potential Democratic presidential candidate ends her Twitter commentary with the hashtag GrandmothersKnowBest.

Clinton’s tweet on Monday night came after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said parents should have choice in the matter. His office later clarified his comments, saying that with a disease like measles there’s no question kids should be vaccinated. Christie is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi say separately that children should be vaccinated.

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