Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak

Administration of a measles, mumps rubella vaccine.

Enlarge / Administration
of a measles, mumps rubella vaccine. (credit:
GettyMediaNews Group/Orange County
)

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 January 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
kindergartners 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 spread of disease.

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Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak