Kittitas County offering free vaccines for qualifiying residents

KITTITAS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has free Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. There is no out of pocket cost for those who qualify. A limited supply is available. Anyone who has never been vaccinated, or children who have only received one dose, should contact KCPHD.

Children should receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. Adults, who were born after 1957, have never been exposed to measles, mumps, or rubella, or who have never received a vaccination, should also receive two doses of the MMR vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is the most deadly of all rash/fever childhood illnesses. Those most at risk for measles-related complications are unvaccinated young children, unvaccinated pregnant women, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

Washington State has seen an increase in measles activity. The state normally has five or less cases per year. So far there have been a total of 13 cases in 2014.

KCPHD also has a limited supply of other free vaccines for adults, including the shingles vaccine. If you are interested in receiving a vaccination and believe you may be eligible, please contact the health department at 509-962-7515.