Billboards question safety of vaccines
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Several new billboards around the spokane area are asking people to think twice before vaccinating their children.
The non-profit that paid for the ads, informed choice washington, want a new state law -which limiits vaccine exemptions- reversed.
New on nightside -- kyle simchuk is looking into the group's claims, and the new vaccine law parents need to be aware of.
That new law limits vaccine exemptions for school children and daycare workers.
It comes during the largest measles outbreak in the country since the 90's.
The c-d-c along with spokane regional health say vaccines are incredibly safe -- some anti vax groups refuse to believe it.
Nats carsthe non-profit who paid for these billboards says it's not spreading misinformation -- instead giving the missing information on vaccines.
Informed choice washington doesn't deny the fact that vaccines are commonly used to prevent diseases, but they argue vaccines do pose a risk to some people.
The non profit also says exemptions are a fundamental right.
Under a new state law -- parents can no longer exempt their children from the measles mumps and rubella vaccine because of personal of philosophical beliefs.
Medical and religious exemptions are still allowed.
The new law is a response to the measles outbreak in washington and the rest of the country.
Since january -- the cdc says more than 1200 cases of measles have been confirmed around the country -- more than 80 of them in washington state.
Data from the department of health shows about 8 percent of students in spokane county have some sort of exemption -- it's unclear how the new law will effect that number once school starts, informed choice washington agrues not all vaccines are 100 percent safe or effective.
They point out the fact that a seattle nurse -- who was vaccinated -- got measles from an infected patient this summer.
The cdc says the measles vaccine is about 97 percent effective -- so what about the overall risk of getting a vaccine?
The cdc says you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, than having life threatening complications.
The odds are about 1 in one million.
The risk of dying from measles -- one of the most contagious diseases?
One in one thousand.
The mmr vaccine requires two separate shots that are several weeks apart.if your kids only have one shot by the first day of school, they'll be placed on conditional status for 30 days -- they must get the second shot.
If they don't, they won't be allowed to attend school without a religious or medical exemption.
I'm kyle simchuk