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Measles outbreak - time to get vaccinated if you are not

Measles outbreak - time to get vaccinated if you are not

In the event of a measles outbreak, WAC 246-105-080 authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not have appropriate documentation of immunity against measles.

On Tuesday, there were no new cases or exposure locations confirmed.

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A full list of exposure sites can be found here.

As they bring awareness locally to the community, Espinoza said, her public health counterparts in southeast Texas are trying to pinpoint the reason behind the cases there. All individuals are children that were either unvaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

An OHA news release states the cases remained quarantined at home and in contact with the Multnomah County Communicable Disease Services team.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

Demand for measles vaccine has surged in Clark County, where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year - including among people who had previously shunned the shots.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.