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HHSA's Statement on the Washington Measles Outbreak

Published January 30, 2019
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  • Vaccines
  • Measles

Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency officials want the public to know we’re closely monitoring the measles outbreak in Washington, and we are responding to physicians and community members who have concerns.

However, there are currently no measles cases in California, but we’re communicating regularly with the California Department of Public Health to be aware of any updates. As always, HHSA is trained and prepared to effectively respond to an outbreak of any communicable disease, including measles.

We also encourage local residents to vaccinate themselves and their children for maximum protection against diseases like the measles. People who have received two doses of the measles vaccine have less than 1 percent chance of contracting the disease after exposure.  All children should get 2 doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine starting at age 12 months. Some teens and adults, such as college students and international travelers, may also need the MMR vaccine if they didn't get two doses when they were younger.  Learn more about vaccinations at www.shastashots.com.

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