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Measles Information - January 22, 2019
Clark County is experiencing an outbreak of measles. While the college has not identified any confirmed cases on campus at this time, we want to prepare our community members in the most proactive manner possible. According to Washington state school records, only 77 percent of school-aged children in Clark County are fully vaccinated.
Here are recommendations from the Clark County Department of Public Health:
- Locate your vaccination records – specifically for MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- This may include documentation of blood titer tests (proving immunity)
- If you are unsure of your vaccination status, contact your health provider
- Stay home if you are sick; pay attention to fevers
- Symptoms of measles are:
- Runny nose
- Conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes)
- Most of these symptoms may begin before the rash, and you are contagious as soon as any of these symptoms begin
- Symptoms of measles are:
- If you believe you may have measles symptoms, or develop symptoms:
- Stay home
- Avoid public spaces if possible
- Call your doctor (do not sit in waiting rooms)
- If you are not currently vaccinated, consider getting vaccinated quickly. A single
dose of the vaccine has been shown to be 93 percent effective at preventing measles;
two doses is 97 percent effective.
- MMR vaccines are available to currently registered students (for a fee) in the Clark College Counseling and Health Center (CHC), located in Health Science 124 (HSC 124), firstname.lastname@example.org, 360.992.2614
- If you have questions about vaccine efficacy or your own personal health risks, please contact your health care provider for advice.
If Clark College is notified of a confirmed case of measles at a college location, further communication will be shared via your Clark College email account. Depending on advice from Clark County Public Health, the college may also send alerts via our RAVE Alert system, the college’s home page, and our Alerts web page.
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
Skamania County Public Health, 509.427.3850
Klickitat County Public Health, 509.773.4565
Multnomah County Public Health, 503.988.3406
Washington County Public Health, 503.846.3594
Clackamas County Public Health, 503.655.8411
Last updated January 22, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.
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