What To do If Your Child Has Been Exposed To The Measles

After Confirmed Case of Measles in the Gorge, Unvaccinated People At Highest Risk

A person with measles spent time in The Dalles and Hood River Dec. 26-31. Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by respiratory droplets and airborne particles.

Measles signs and symptoms usually appear within 10-14 days.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated and their risk is low. Risk may be higher for unvaccinated people who may have been exposed at one of these locations during the following times:

The Discovery Center, The Dalles, Dec. 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Fred Meyer, The Dalles, Dec. 31, 5-6 p.m.

Doppio Café, Hood River, Dec. 30, noon to 1 p.m.

Goodwill, Hood River, Dec. 30, noon to 1 p.m.

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River, Dec. 30, 1-2 p.m.

OHSU Emergency Department, Portland, Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

Measles poses the highest risk to pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with weakened immune systems.

If your unvaccinated child has been exposed to measles, including living in the same house with a person proven to have measles, direct contact with respiratory secretions, or coming within 3 feet of a person with measles, please contact us at (541) 506-6520.

If your child has been exposed to measles, we can safely give the measles vaccine under the following circumstances:

6-12 months: If your child hasn’t received the vaccine, we can safely administer the first dose. Your child will also need the 2 recommended additional doses.

Over 13 months: If your child has only received one dose, we can safely administer the booster vaccine.

No Symptoms: If your unvaccinated child is at least 12 months old and not immunocompromised and there has been exposure during the last 6 days, we can safely administer the vaccine.

People with the measles become very sick. Please contact the office at (541) 506-6520 if your child is very sick and has the following symptoms: fever, cough, red eyes, and a rash (usually starts with the face), acting very weak.