Are you vaccinated against the measles? Here’s how to check amid statewide outbreak
SPOKANE, Wash. — As the very contagious measles virus continues to spread, health experts are encouraging everyone that doesn’t know their vaccination status to confirm it.
As of last count, the Washington Department of Health has 50 confirmed cases of measles in the state. 49 of them are in Clark County, 1 in King County.
The majority of patients are under the age of ten.
In Clark County, one case of measles was in a vaccinated individual, the remaining were in unvaccinated or unverified patients.More information can be found by clicking here.
If you are unclear as to whether you have been vaccinated, experts say there are several options.
“The first is online, go to myir.net for immunization records, that’s one option, you can also talk with your healthcare provider and they can get you the dates, or you can contact the health department and we can look them up,” said Mark Springer, an epidemiologist at the Spokane Regional Health District.
He says if you are from out of state, you will need to contact your previous health providers in that state.
The last option is to get a blood test from your health care provider to confirm the presence of measles antibodies.
Individuals born before 1957 are considered already immune, but can also get vaccinated if they are concerned.
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