Measles - Get vaccinated now

Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday Jan. 30 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who

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And two Clark County cases traveled to Hawaii recently, but most likely didn't create any exposures during their trip, according to Public Health.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients were under 10 and at least 34 patients were not immunized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are not sure about your immunization status, and you can not locate your vaccination records, it is safe to get the MMR vaccine.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak, which authorities have said could last for months.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is outlining the scope of the outbreak, and detailing what can be done to stop it in its tracks. Two doses of the measles vaccine are 97 percent effective against infection, and in 2000, officials announced the disease had been eliminated from the U.S. Measles infections have been on the rise in recent years because of anti-vaccine sentiment and debunked claims the inoculations have a connection to autism. Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles.

In New York, they've had more than 200 cases since October. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation.

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be risky, especially for young children.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

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You may recall that California allowed such exemptions until just a few years ago. Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles.

Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of measles resemble those of a cold or the flu: a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and sore throat tend to appear before the telltale rash begins to spread.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.

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