They say measles is being transmitted by international travelers and is infecting those who do not have a measles vaccination. Wyoming Department of Health spokesman Kim Deti said state officials are monitoring the situation.
“In Wyoming we haven’t had a case reported since 2010. What seems to be different here than everywhere else? Well, the real truth is…we’ve been lucky.”
Wyoming has seen an increase in the number of exemptions it grants for required vaccines in children aged 4, 5 and 6 over the last five years.
In 2010, the state granted 168 exemptions, which represents about 2.2 percent of kindergartners that year. In 2006, the state granted 54 exemptions at those ages, or about 0.8 percent of kindergartners. In 2010, Wyoming added vaccinations for chickenpox and a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough to the list of required shots for students.