Measles, it’s never too late to get vaccinated

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and have fun; don’t let measles ruin your plans.

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:30am
  • Life

The Washington State Department of Health is reminding people, who are unvaccinated, that it is never too late to get their measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles is highly contagious, and easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. It is one of the leading causes of death among children worldwide.

Last week, the Snohomish Health District confirmed that people living in the same household tested positive for measles.

People who have not been vaccinated or who are unsure if they need the measles vaccination should ask their health care provider.

People who are unvaccinated or are not sure if they are immune, and become sick with fever or an unexplained rash should call a health care provider right away. Always call first before going to your health care provider so people in the waiting room are not exposed.

In 2017-18 school year, 90.6 percent of kindergartners and 96.1 percent of 6th graders were up to date on the MMR vaccine.

DOH goal is to have 95 percent of children up to date on the MMR vaccine.

The DOH website is a source for a healthy dose of information. Sign-up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection.

More in Life

Islander recalls filming ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Meredythe Glass was an extra in the 1939 film, and is possibly the last surviving cast member.

Mercer Island school news in brief, Feb. 6, 2019

MIHS junior perfect ACT; Reception on Feb. 11

Motivation springs us to action

Maintaining New Years Resolution momentum through entire year.

Renowned organist to perform on the Island

Hyokyoung ‘Hannah’ Byun will give a solo concert at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Mercer Island Preschool Association wins 2019 MIYFS Philanthropy Award

MIPA has a strong partnership with the city, raising thousands each year for preschool scholarships.

From left, keynote speaker the Rev. Harvey Drake, pastor of Emerald City Bible Fellowship in the Rainier Valley, poses for a photo with the 2019 winner of the Covenant Shores Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, Yosh Nakagawa. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos
Harvey Drake headlines MLK event

Covenant Shores held its annual Martin Luther King observance on Jan. 18

Mercer Island’s newest peace pole unveiled at Covenant Shores

The pole is placed near the campus sign, which is the first mile marker of the Rotary Half Marathon.

Schools news in brief

Kindergarten registration; The Bridge recognized

Mercer Island cheerleaders (from left) Ella Simpson, Julia Chorak, Carys Ciobanu, Hannah Hobson, Stella Prophater, Lauren Nguyen, Julia Brondello and Kayla Friedman pose for a photo on Jan. 1 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Photo courtesy of coach Alex Schwenke
Citrus Bowl appearance

Cheer squad traveled to Florida for Jan. 1 performance.

Let it begin with me

Dr. King’s song lives on today.

Jewish learning festival Jan. 19-20

The Puget Sound area will host the second annual Limmud Seattle at Bellevue Community College.