Vaccinations are the most important defense we have against disease. Measles is a highly contagious disease that vaccinations nearly eradicated, but has seen a come-back with a recent outbreak in Washington and Oregon. It’s spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically don’t start for 10-14 days after initial contact with the virus, so many people infect others before they even know they have it themselves.
Signs of measles:
- Skin rash made up of large flat blotches that cover most of the body
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- White spots on the inner lining of the cheek
When should I see a doctor?
If you develop a rash that looks like measles, or if you believe that you have been exposed to the measles virus.
Who’s at risk?
- People who are unvaccinated
- People who travel internationally
Is it too late to get vaccinated if you never were?
No! Go see you healthcare provider and you can likely get vaccinated the same day. If you are an EWU student, you can get vaccinated at no additional cost at the Multicare Rockwood Clinic in Cheney.
How do I know if I’ve been vaccinated?
If you don’t know if you have been vaccinated, you can call the healthcare office that you had as a child and ask about your records. You can also look for your school vaccination records or check WA.MyIR.net (if you were born in WA state).
Are vaccines safe?
Yes! Vaccines are safe and supported by reputable organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).