Measles outbreak reported in Pierce County

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Check with your provider to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.

In February, a measles outbreak was reported in the King County area, and now it has moved to Pierce County, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

There are no confirmed cases within the Pierce College District but students and staff should still monitor how sick they get and watch for the following symptoms: fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough.

Three days after these symptoms arise, a rash will start forming on the face and then start spreading to the rest of the body. Keep in mind the virus will stay airborne for two hours once the infected person leaves a area.  

Please stay home if you have the symptoms listed above.  Please check with your family physician to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines. The Washington State Department of Health also provides a way to check your vaccination status online: https://wa.myir.net.

Some clinics will provide free shots for children and low cost shots for adults without insurance.

Measles are very contagious and severely dangerous if children catch it. Please contact your children’s health professionals if your child has the measles virus or you have been in or near an infected area.

All this information and more can be found on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at https://www.tpchd.org/home. You can also call the department at 253-798-6500.