Increasing Awareness about Preventing a Measles Outbreak in our Community
With more than 50 cases of measles confirmed in Washington state, it’s a good time to remind everyone of the value of immunizations.
Before routine vaccinations were available in the United States in the early 1960s, there were 400 to 500 deaths every year due to measles. It’s an incredibly contagious and serious disease the many complications, but is 100 percent preventable with immunization.
To protect your family, ensure that you and your children are up to date with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (Note: Individuals outside of health care settings born prior to 1957 are presumed to be immune due to past infection).
If you receive a dose of MMR vaccine, remember that it usually provides protection within 10 to 14 days of administration.
- Be aware of local measles risk in places you intend to travel.
- Do NOT go to a clinic or doctor’s office if you suspect that you may have measles. Call ahead and to make arrangements to be safely assessed.
Immunization not only protects your family, but everyone your family comes in contact with.