Measles is Back in Portland
The best way to protect your kids from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles is to make sure they’re immunized on schedule. MMR is very safe and effective, and could absolutely save your child’s life.
If your children have been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses of MMR), their risk of becoming sick is very low. Risk is highest for people who are not vaccinated, unvaccinated pregnant women, infants younger than one, and immunocompromised individuals.
Measles, Just Stop Already
Measles has made more headlines than we can count in 2019, and honestly, we’re ready for better news! But alas, here we are again… Oregon is now up to 25 measles cases this year (the most since 1991), with a new case reported yesterday in an unvaccinated individual who traveled abroad and returned with an unpleasant souvenir.
Oregon’s latest public exposure location:
- Portland International Airport, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
According to Multnomah County, those at highest risk are unvaccinated people who were in the international arrivals, immigration, or passport areas during the above timeframe.
For more information, see Multnomah County’s Press Release.
Symptoms typically appear within one to three weeks of exposure and include:
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Blotchy, red rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
People with measles are contagious prior to showing any symptoms up until four days after the rash appears.
When to Call Us
Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding this information.
Please call us if you believe your child may have been exposed. It is important to remain at home so as not to infect other individuals.
Contact us immediately if your child develops measles symptoms, even if your child has been immunized. We’ll help come up with a plan to safely see your child without exposing other families.
We’re also happy to answer your questions about measles infection. Another great resource is your county health department:
- Multnomah County Public Health: (503) 988-3406
- Clark County Public Health: (360) 397-8021
- Washington County Public Health: (503) 846-3594
- Clackamas County Public Health: (503) 655-8411
- Marion County Public Health Division: (503) 588-5621
Wishing for better news in the coming year!
Stay safe out there, folks!