Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am
Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness.
Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code.
Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.
Measles is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Disease can be prevented by vaccination. The presence of disease is very rare in parts of the world where vaccination rates are high. Measles remains a common disease in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Measles disease is rare in the United States but still occurs in visitors from other countries and U.S. citizens traveling abroad who become infected before or during travel and spread the infection to unvaccinated or unprotected persons.
It is important for everyone to take steps to protect themselves, their families and their community.
Measles Prevention Tips
The best tool for prevention of measles disease is vaccination.
The best tool for prevention of measles is vaccination. Two shots of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine are recommended routinely for children. The first shot should be given around a child’s first birthday, between 12-15 months. The second shot should be given to children around 4-6 years old or before school entry.
The best place to get vaccinated is at your regular health care provider or clinic. Other locations are provided in Contra Costa to receive measles vaccine.