Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

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With worries about measles heightened because of an outbreak in Clark County, health care professionals say the best defense is to be immunized.

The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's Deschutes County and in Hawaii to issue alerts, although no cases were confirmed in either location.

Pierce County has a vaccination rate of 90 percent and has not had any reported cases of measles so far, but that could just be a matter of time.

Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29.

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According to WAC 246-105-030, measles is one of many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of immunity, before attending any school (public or private) or child care center. Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses.

You can request a copy of your vaccination records from the Oregon Health Authority by printing out this online form.

Despite measles being declared eradicated in the United States in 2000, there have been periodic outbreaks.

The main people at risk in the current outbreak are those lacking immunity, which is achieved by being vaccinated or by having had the measles disease itself.

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Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a red rash that starts around the head and moves down the body. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.

"Vaccines are really the only effective treatment", said Dr. Nathan Schlicher at St. Joseph Medical Center's Emergency Services Department. Vaccinations are free for children and low cost for adults at area hospitals through a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as well, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's free vaccination clinics for children. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash".

You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

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