The fight against measles in a handful of states is facing staunch opposition from Republicans and anti-vaxx parents as lawmakers crack down on exemptions that let kids skip vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that through Friday there have been 839 individual cases of measles throughout 23 states. That’s the most cases since 1994, making this the worst measles outbreak in decades. In response, a number of states where it’s spread have been trying to limit exemptions, with efforts mostly led by Democrats.
Washington eliminates personal exemption
Washington state has had more than 70 cases of measles this year, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that removed a philosophical or personal exemption from the requirement that children receive the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine before attending a school or daycare. A
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