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Washington state law does not require children to be vaccinated before entering schools which has been a cause for concern for some parents. Washington state law does not require children to be vaccinated before entering schools which has been a cause for concern for some parents.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In 2004 the United States reached a record-low number of measles cases diagnosed at only 37 cases, but in recent years that number has continued to climb.

In 2014 more than 600 cases were reported. The resurgence of the disease is largely due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children.

Washington state law does not require children to be vaccinated before entering schools which has been a cause for concern for some parents.

According to Spokane Public Schools, seven percent of students within the district fall into the exempt category, meaning those students have not been vaccinated and their parents have signed off on it. The district follows Spokane County Health guidelines in their schools and says they aren't concerned about an outbreak at this time.

Currently there are no reports of communicable diseases at any of the schools.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents the school district from disclosing whether or not students in the classrooms have been vaccinated.

The only exemption to that law would be in the case of an outbreak.

"If there's an outbreak of one of these diseases we are required by Spokane County Health at that point to exclude the child and/or children that have not been immunized from our schools for up to 21 days," says Kevin Morrison, PIO for Spokane Public Schools.

Free immunization clinics are offered throughout the community. On February 10th from 5pm to 7pm there will be a clinic at Centennial Middle School for children ages 2-18 to get vaccinated.

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