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East County News Service

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Department of Public Health on Friday declared the measles outbreak officially over.  The outbreak, which began at Disneyland, infected 131 people in California, including 14 in San Diego County.  The Disneyland outbreak also spread to other states, causes 142 cases in seven states from late December to early March.

There have been no new cases confirmed in California since March 2nd.

Most of the cases in California and across the nation occurred in people who did not get vaccinated.  The measles vaccine is 97 effective, if both doses are received. 

Due to a rise in children who have not been vaccinated, the County of San Diego recently changed its policy to require that if a parent seeks a personal belief exemption from vaccination requirements for their children, the form must be signed by a health care professional as well as the parent or guardian.

The state legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption, requiring that all children receive vaccinations unless there is a documented health condition such as an allergy to an ingredient in a vaccine or certain underlying health conditions.

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