Public Health: Verify your measles vaccination


REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County Public Health officials are urging parents to check vaccination records for the measles immunization.

Health officials said the person, infected with measles, was at the Olive Garden on Dana Drive in Redding last Tuesday, April 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Public health officials remind everyone that those who do not have the recommended vaccinations for measles could be susceptible to the disease.

"Anybody that has two vaccinations is safe, they don't have to worry about coming down with the disease," explained Supervising Public Health Nurse Kate Pasley.

Doctors recommend children get two doses of the vaccine between the ages of 12 to 15 months, then a second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.

Pasley said the only way to know for certain that you or members of your family won't come down with measles is by getting vaccinated.

"The more children that are vaccinated, the better off all children are because then it doesn't get a toehold in and then can be spread to other people," Pasley said.

Pasley recommends getting vaccinated right away if records show no sign of immunization as a child.

"This is a really good time - a wakeup call for people to look at their vaccination records and not just children but adults also," Pasley said.

Health officials said the person who tested positive for measles is no longer contagious.

The Shasta County Public Health Department said they followed up with everyone the patient came into contact with, and made sure those people had either been immunized or took measures to curb the possibility of spreading the disease.

According to Pasley, measles is transmitted through the air, meaning it can remain in confined spaces such as a classroom or an airplane for an extended period of time.

"This particular disease; the person can be gone from the room or the airplane for an hour, anyplace they've been, and you could walk in, not even ever see the person and still come down with the disease," Pasley explained.

Health officials have since ruled Olive Garden safe for anyone to enter.

Symptoms of measles include: cough, runny nose, fever, red eyes and a rash that starts on the face and head area then spreads down the body. Those symptoms can take up to three weeks to show.

If you think you may have measles, call a doctor. Do not go into a hospital or clinic – that could spread the disease further.

Shasta County public health also wanted parents to be informed of National Immunization week coming up April 26 to May 3.