- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - State Department of Health data shows that measles vaccinations in Washington are up about 27 percent this winter, compared to last winter.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/TsQXK9 ) nearly 51,000 doses of the measles vaccine were given between December and February, compared with nearly 40,000 between December 2013 and February 2014.

During that same period, shots to prevent the highly contagious disease increased by about 20 percent in King County, 19 percent in Snohomish County and 316 percent in Clallam County, where five of the state’s eight measles cases were reported.

Health officials say a high-profile Disneyland outbreak, more media coverage and more public awareness have helped boost immunization numbers.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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