Measles in Washington State
In 2019, Washington had two outbreaks of measles, and one case of measles that was not part of an outbreak, totaling 87 cases. This was the most cases the state had seen since 1990. The first outbreak was January through May with 72 confirmed cases. The second outbreak began May 9 and had 14 confirmed cases. It was declared over August 28, 2019.
The state is not currently in outbreak status, but measles is still circulating globally. The Washington State Department of Health reminds people to take precautions to help stop the spread of measles and prevent future outbreaks. The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your family with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
If you have been exposed to measles and feel ill, stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease. Call your healthcare provider to ask about testing and advice. If you don't have a healthcare provider, call your local health department. If you need help getting access to health care, call the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. Learn more about measles here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about measles outbreaks nationwide.
What can you do to prevent the spread of measles?
The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. The MMR vaccine protects against all strains of measles. Make sure you're protected–especially before international travel.
- Check your immunization records online through Wa.MyIR.net.
- If you don't think you ever had MMR vaccine or MMRV vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella/chickenpox), contact your healthcare provider for immunizations or a blood test as soon as possible. If you don't have a healthcare provider, call your local health department or the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
- If you think you have been exposed to measles, call your healthcare provider or local health department for advice.
- If you become ill after a possible exposure to measles:
- Call your healthcare provider and ask to be evaluated for possible measles.
- Protect other people - Stay away from other people to avoid exposing them to measles.
- To find out if there are special recommendations in your community, contact your local public health department.
Measles Outbreak Toolkits
For Parents and the Public
- Measles general information (learn more about who is at risk, symptoms, and prevention)
- Learn about the MMR vaccine
- Measles Vaccine: Our Best Protection flyer (PDF)
- Measles information flyer (PDF)
- Measles information for tribal and urban Indian community members (PDF)
- Find a local health department
- Immunization forms and publications
- Measles information for travelers
- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams: Protect Against the Measles
- The Top 4 Things Parents Need To Know About Measles (PDF) (CDC)
For Schools, Child Cares, and Camps
Use these resources to communicate with school or child care facility staff and parents, as needed.
General Immunization Information
- MMR Vaccine Information
- School Immunization Data Tables
- Access your immunization records
- School and Child Care Immunization Requirements and Reporting
- If you take care of kids...protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases (PDF)
- Notice of Exclusion for Immunization Noncompliance - Private Schools (Word)
- Notice of Exclusion for Immunization Noncompliance - Public Schools (Word)
These lists can be used to list and track which students are not immunized against measles
- School Susceptible List (Exempt) (PDF) | (Excel)
- School Susceptible List (Follow-Up) (PDF) | (Excel)
- Child Care Susceptible List (Exempt) (PDF) | (Excel)
- Child Care Susceptible List (Follow-Up) (PDF) | (Excel)
- Sample Staff Immunization History Form (Word)
- An optional form to gather staff immunization information
Measles Information Flyers in Various Languages
- English (PDF)
- የኩፍኝ በሽታ (Amharic) (PDF)
- الحصبة (Arabic) (PDF)
- ဝက္သက္ေရာဂါ (Burmese) (PDF)
- 麻疹 (Chinese simplified) (PDF)
- 麻疹 (Chinese traditional) (PDF)
- ﺳرﺧﮑﺎن (Dari) (PDF)
- खसरा (Hindi) (PDF)
- ជំងឺក្រញជឹល (Khmer) (PDF)
- 홍역 (Korean) (PDF)
- दादुरा (Nepali) (PDF)
- ﺷری (Pashto) (PDF)
- КОРЬ (Russian) (PDF)
- JADEECO (Somali) (PDF)
- SARAMPIÓN (Spanish) (PDF)
- UKAMBI (Swahili) (PDF)
- ሕማም ንፍዮ (Tigrinya) (PDF)
- КІР (Ukrainian) (PDF)
- BỆNH SỞI (Vietnamese) (PDF)
- ‘Measles: It Isn't Just a Little Rash' infographic
- ‘Traveling Abroad? Protect Your Child from Measles' infographic
For more information contact your local health department.
For Health Care Providers, Local Health Jurisdictions, and Tribes
Contact your local health department for any questions related to suspect measles cases. For questions about MMR vaccine or vaccine recommendations, email the Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Measles is a notifiable condition
- Measles Reporting Guidelines (PDF)
- Could it be measles? flyer (PDF)
- Suspect Measles Case Checklist (Word)
- CDC Measles for Healthcare Professionals
- Measles Outbreak Information for Tribal Healthcare Facilities (PDF)
- Immunization Action Coalition Measles Ask the Experts
- Measles Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for Non-Symptomatic Susceptible Contacts (PDF)
- Managing Measles Exposures in Health Care Workers (PDF)
- Preventing Measles in Health Care Settings (PDF)
- Dear Provider Letter- Adult Measles Vaccination (CDC)
- CDC measles outbreak toolkit for local/state health departments
- CDC measles outbreak toolkit for healthcare providers