Clark County health officials reported one additional confirmed measles case on Monday, bringing the outbreak total since the beginning of the year to 22. In addition, three suspect cases are being investigated.
People who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles from the most recent case:
- PeaceHealth Urgent Care – Memorial, 3400 Main St. 4:30 to 7:50 pm Saturday, Jan. 19.
- Orchards Elementary School, 11405 NE 69th St., Vancouver on Monday, Jan. 14.
- Dollar Tree, 11501 NE 76th St., Vancouver from 8:10 to 10:50 pm Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Eighty-six percent of the confirmed cases were not vaccinated against measles, according to health officials. The other three cases couldn’t be verified.
According to a KATU report, since 2004, state health department data shows the number of kindergartners vaccinated against measles dropped from 96.4 percent to 84.5 percent.
Immunization is the best prevention for measles. The measles vaccine is very effective. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles. Two doses are about 97 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Clark County Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call, 360.397.8021. The call center is open daily.
If you’re unsure of your family’s immunization status, you can view, download and print your family’s immunization information online at MyIR or or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.
Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their local county health department:
- Clark County Public Health, 360.397.8021
- Multnomah County Public Health, 503.988.3406
- Washington County Public Health, 503.846.3594
- Clackamas County Public Health, 503.655.8411
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