The Washington State Department of Health has announced that 60 cases of measles have been confirmed in Washington. The KHQ spoke to Spokane, a woman whose family was personally affected by measles.
Michele, who asked to keep her last name confidential, said one morning, years ago, that her mother had woken up her six-year-old brother, John.
"My mother to this day still has her pale breakfast," Michele said.
His mother could not get him out of bed, without even being able to open his eyes.
"She hangs up her Christmas decorations every year," Michele said.
A day and a half later, Michele's brother was gone.
"Two people from my immediate family have been affected by measles," Michele said.
His mother was heartbroken and was pregnant with Michelle.
"I still miss my brother, and I have not even met him," Michele said.
John was only in the second year when his brain swelled, and that was at a time when there was no vaccination against measles.
Michele's mother is still living with side effects since she had measles. At age three, her mother is blinded permanently with one eye.
"I think people do not realize the gravity of the situation anymore," Michele said.
But, Michele said that she does.
"I remember when the time came to immunize my own daughter, there was no doubt, I had not even thought about it," Michele said.
The Spokane Regional Health District said measles was just a plane trip to Spokane, and even if the west side is under control, it should at least face it next month.
"Even a case of measles can enter a new area, and we can cause an explosion." Measles is serious, "said Mark Springer of the Spokane Regional Health District.
Michele said it was important not only to vaccinate your child for his safety, but also for anyone who can not get vaccinated. Michele told KHQ that her family was painful whenever there was a measles outbreak and that she wanted people to deepen their research and research the MMR vaccine before deciding that their child did not need it.