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News from the Hood River County Health Department: Measles

If you are not immunized against measles, you can get your vaccination at Hood River County Health Department (1109 June St., Hood River, OR). They are open 8 am to 5 pm. No appointment necessary.

For possible measles cases, call your health care provider or the health department: (541) 386-1115.

Yesterday, Hood River County Health Department issued the following public service announcement: 

As of January 27, 2019, 34 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases have been identified in the Clark County measles outbreak. There have been no new cases in Wasco or Hood River Co. The one case that visited our area in December is unrelated to the current outbreak in Washington State.

IMPORTANT Reminder Regarding Measles: Oregon public health officials urge people to avoid immediately going to a medical office if:

1. They are not immune AND

2. They have been exposed AND

3. They have symptoms

Instead, call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune symptoms.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

For a complete list of public exposures, please visit: https://multco.us/health-officer/measles-outbreak-winter-2019-oregon-exposures.