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Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak

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Feb 7, 2019 10:45 AM 2+ mon ago

Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak

Demand for measles vaccines leapt 500 percent last month in Clark County, Washington--a hotbed for anti-vaccine sentiment that has now become the epicenter of a ferocious measles outbreak.

As of February 6, the county--which sits just north of the border from Portland, Oregon--has tallied 50 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of measles since January 1. The case count is rising swiftly, with figures more than doubling in just the last two weeks. On January 18, the county declared a public health emergency due to the outbreak.

Health officials have long feared an outbreak in the area, given the rampant skepticism of vaccines driven by misinformation and fear-mongering by anti-vaccine advocates. Only 76.5 percent of kindergarteners in Clark County had all the standard immunizations during the 2017-2018 school year. Overall, the county's population is below the 92-percent to 94-percent range some experts consider necessary to curb the ...

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