Hundreds of anti-vaccination fans protested in Washington on Friday for a public hearing in Washington a law that would make it difficult for families to choose the mandatory vaccination for children, the Associated Press reported.
The protest took place during the worst outbreak of state infection in more than two decades. Health officials reported on at least 56 cases in Washington and Oregon.
It is estimated that in Olympia, in Washington, 700 people have demonstrated, who most opposed stricter demands, the The Washington Post reported.
A recent anti-vaccination movement has recently been strengthened, despite research findings that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) vaccine is not associated with autism.
"I want to remind you that MMR is extremely safe and very effective," said John Wiesman, US Health Secretary for Health, adding that "all reputable scientific studies did not reveal any correlation between measles and autism."
Wiesman urged lawmakers to abolish exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons, citing the current outbreak. The bill, introduced by dr. Paul Harris (R), currently includes medical and religious exceptions, although Harris said he intends to amend the law to remove these exceptions.
"You can not find a peanut in one of my schools [because of concerns about allergies], but the unvaccinated kids go to my schools for a personal exemption? "Said Harris. "It looks terrible."
The Pacific Northwest hosts some of the most vocal activists in the field of vaccination. According to the Center for Disease Control, Washington, Oregon and Idaho had some of the lowest rates of vaccination against MMR in the United States.