Health experts urge vaccinations after measles outbreak
CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – A measles outbreak in Western Washington continues to explode with 19 confirmed cases and 7 suspected, one of the confirmed cases is an adult, the first adult in the outbreak.
According to Marissa Armstrong, Clark County Public Health information officer measles is highly contagious especially for young children.
“It’s highly contagious its air born and it could linger in the air for up to two hours after someone leaves the room,” said Armstrong.
Health officers say exhibiting symptoms to the contagious fast spreading disease includes fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, sore throat and a few days after that is when the rash begins.
No cases have reached our region but health leaders are asking folks to take preventative measures.
Health leaders say you can prevent measles with vaccination so if you're not vaccinated you are at risk
Of those 19 confirmed cases in Clark County, 16 are unvaccinated and 3 are considered unverified with no immunization record to verify their status.
Health officials say if your children are immunized they have a much higher chance of protection.
Armstrong said if they are immunized one dose is 93 percent effective and two doses is 97 percent effective.
However, if you're exhibiting the signs health officials urge people to call ahead and don't just show up for treatment.
“Make a plan with their medical provider do not to just show up to an office or an agent care facility or a hospital emergency department because if they do have measles they could potentially be exposing everyone in that waiting room,” said Armstrong.
Health leaders say the best way to protect yourself and your family from vaccine preventable disease is by keeping your immunizations up-to-date.