Cases of measles, chickenpox, whooping cough and the flu have been confirmed in Washington in the past month. All of these illnesses are preventable with vaccines, according to Thurston County health officials.
Those who haven’t been vaccinated should protect themselves and other vulnerable people from contracting the diseases by being vaccinated, said Dr. Rachel Wood, a health officer for Thurston and Lewis counties.
“All of these diseases have the risk of very serious complications, and in some cases can even lead to death,” Wood said. “But the good news is that every one of these diseases is preventable with a simple vaccine.”
People who haven’t contracted the diseases should contact their health care providers to learn more about vaccines and their availability. Anyone who is showing symptoms of chickenpox, whooping cough and the flu should contact clinic staff before visiting a clinic to prevent the spread of disease.
For more information about vaccines and stopping the spread of communicable diseases, visit the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services website at co.thurston.wa.us/health.