Some of you may have heard on local or national news of a measles outbreak that started in Clark County Washington within the last few weeks. In situations where public health may be affected, we are in contact with our Umatilla County Health Department to ensure that the school district is doing everything within our power to keep students and staff healthy and safe. At this time, there are no reported cases of measles in our county.
Below is a flyer from the CDC, courtesy of the County Health Department, that answers some questions. We encourage all of our families to have their children vaccinated and checked regularly by their family health provider.
For adults, a vaccination is recommended if you do not fit into one of the “presumptive” categories listed below. “Presumptive” means that you are presumed to have immunity.
Any of the following constitute presumptive evidence of immunity to measles:
- Birth before 1957
- Documentation of age-appropriate vaccination with live measles-containing vaccine
- History of laboratory-confirmed measles
- Laboratory (serologic) evidence of immunity
Since I am not a licensed medical professional, I would encourage you to contact your family medical provider if you have questions or concerns.
Here’s to good health!