As you have probably heard, there is an outbreak of measles in nearby Washington State. The measles virus travels through the air and is very contagious. The measles virus can survive in a room for up to two hours after an infected person leaves. Individuals not vaccinated against measles have a very high likelihood of contracting the disease if they are exposed.
We want to make sure our patients and families are well protected against measles. Getting an MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine provides the best protection against measles. Children typically receive 2 doses of MMR. The 1st dose is typically given at 1 year and the 2nd dose is given at 4 years of age. In an effort to identify children who may be unimmunized, and at risk of contracting measles, we have sent messages to these patients.
Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all of our patients. Infants and individuals with certain diseases of the immune system are not able to be vaccinated. These individuals rely on others to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease.
To best serve your vaccination needs we offer drop in immunization visits at any of our 3 office locations. If you wish to discuss vaccination with a healthcare provider, please contact our office for an appointment.
In addition to vaccination, avoidance of high-risk areas is also advised. At this time, measles cases have been identified in Clark County Washington (south western part of Washington, just north of Portland, OR) and in King County Washington (Seattle area). Avoid traveling to these areas unless absolutely necessary.
If you have questions about measles, immunization schedules or contagious diseases in general, please visit our website. Another great source of up to date information is the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov).
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