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.