About 95 percent of anti-vaxx parents in Oregon print their own exemption certificate from the website of the national government.
Oregon is one of the 17 American states that allow exceptions for religious, philosophical and / or personal beliefs.
Of the 31,500 non-medical vaccine exemptions submitted in 2018, around 30,000 have been done by parents who have viewed an online education module and have printed a certificate of completion, reported Kaiser Health News.
Not even 2,000 parents took part in the second option, namely to talk to a healthcare provider and have him or her sign a vaccination form.
Of the 31,500 non-medical vaccine exemptions submitted in Oregon in 2018, about 30,000 were from parents who viewed an online module and printed their own certificate of completion. Pictured: the start of the Oregon Health Authority online education module
In Oregon, nearly eight percent of children were exempt from receiving the vaccines needed for kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.
Dr. Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, told Kaiser Health that it's clear why anti-vaxx parents chose the online module: it's easier.
He says, however, that he is worried because unvaccinated children can become infected with – and spread – communicable diseases such as measles.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 387 cases were confirmed this year, surpassing the 2018 count, namely 372.
The 2019 census is the second highest since measles was considered eradicated in 2000, which has put this on the right track to beat the record high of 667 cases in 2014.
One of those outbreaks is clustered in Clark County, Washington, an anti-vaccination & # 39; hotspot & # 39; which is adjacent to Portland.
Of the 73 people affected in Clark County, 63 of the cases are in residents who have not been vaccinated. Fifty-three cases occur in children 10 years of age and younger.
The highly contagious disease is mainly spread to people who are not vaccinated or live in states that allow non-medical exemptions for vaccines.
& # 39; The ease of exemption is a great predictor & # 39 ;, said Dr. Omer.
However, experts say it is getting harder to get exemptions for less vaccinated children.
Of the 17 states that allow non-medical exceptions, only Michigan and Washington require parents to speak to a doctor.
In 2015, Michigan officials established a rule that parents who wanted exemption from the vaccine had to personally participate in an educational session with a health educator in the province.
Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told Kaiser Health that the distance from vaccination has since fallen from 4.8 percent in 2014 to 3.6 percent in 2017.
Dr. Omer said he thinks eliminating the online module and requiring parents to be accompanied by a physician would help lower exemption rates.
Recently a bill was submitted to the Oregon Congress that would ban all non-medical exemptions for vaccine, including religious reasons.
Several residents held a meeting on Saturday to show their opposition, claiming that the state is trying to exercise excessive power.
The mother of two Carrie Miller, who was against the protest, told it KTVL that her seven year old daughter Riley has not been vaccinated since she was a baby and thinks it has kept her healthier.
& # 39; Where there is risk, there must be a choice. That's how medicines work and that's how the world works, & Miller said.
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