Measles 2019

Measles in Washington State

In 2019, Washington had two outbreaks of measles, and four cases of measles that were not part of an outbreak, totaling 90 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.

Measles Outbreak Toolkits

For Parents and the Public

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

Immunization Requirements

Letter Templates

Susceptible Lists

These lists can be used to list and track which students are not immunized against measles

Measles Information Flyers in Various Languages

CDC Infographics

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