Washington State is under a measles state of emergency as measles cases grow and hot spots are flaring up across the country.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has said all three people are part of the same family and no other cases have been found outside of that family.
California state Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician who sponsored his state's bill, said he got death threats over it and had anti-vaccination advocates jam his phone lines and harass him on social media.
Dr. Scott Lindquist, a Washington state epidemiologist, said the state health department is seeing new cases every day.
Three measles cases were confirmed in Harris County, one in Montgomery County and another in Galveston County.
Measles is a highly contagious, airborne disease caused by a virus, according to a CDC website. At least 47 people in southwest Washington's Clark County have been infected with measles during the past couple of weeks, according to data posted on the Clark County Public Health website on February 3.
Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes.
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The report also indicated that around 70 percent of children age 13 to 17 were vaccinated against four common strains of meningococcal disease.
At least 248 children and 21 adults are being treated for measles in the San Lazaro Hospital, a known facility for infectious diseases.
Democratic Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, a co-signer on the bill, said she would prefer an even broader proposal, but "right now we're looking at what we can get moved". Forty-one of them had not been vaccinated against the disease. As long as there have been vaccines, a portion of the population has been opposed to them, with some well-meaning, but misinformed, parents refusing to get the recommended shots for their kids.
As concerning as measles outbreaks are, she also reminds parents that many other viruses are far more common. Two doses are about 97% effective.
Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated. One dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles if you come in contact with the virus.
It's time for the majority of parents to trust the OR, national and global scientific communities and get their kids immunized. Before the vaccine's introduction in 1963, there were four million measles cases in the USA every year, with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths.