Pre-Travel Vaccine Recommendations Available Online

July 18, 2019

CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book) for healthcare professionals is available online to help determine which vaccines are necessary prior to travel. It is helpful to remind patients to start planning for their travel vaccines at least two months prior to their planned departure date to avoid difficulty in securing required vaccine and appointments to administer vaccine.

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Locally Acquired Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

July 18, 2019

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a Washington resident has been infected with confirmed locally acquired Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). While rare (zero to three cases in Washington per year), this case serves as a good reminder of the possibility of locally acquired tickborne diseases and the need to take appropriate precautions when in tick habitats.

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Measles Outbreak in Clark County - 74 Cases and Almost Over

April 17, 2019

With the last case confirmed on March 18, the Clark County measles outbreak that started at the end of December may finally be nearing an end – 74 cases in Washington have been reported (73 in Clark County, one in King County) and four in the Portland, OR area as of April 16.  Public health will declare the outbreak over after two incubation periods (42 days) without new cases.

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How Healthcare Providers Can Help Stop Measles Outbreaks

April 17, 2019

From Jan. 1, 2019 through April 4, 2019, over 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 12 states, already surpassing the entire years’ totals for seven of the last nine years. Public health is asking for healthcare providers’ help to ensure all patients are up to date on their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Parents trust the expertise of their doctor more than anyone else. Explain to patients that MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles infection. 

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