GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The state of Washington has officially declared a state of emergency because of a measles outbreak.
In Mesa County, there has not been a case of the disease since 2000. District 51 reports an average of 95 percent of kids in middle and high school are up to date on the vaccine. That number drops a little lower for elementary kids. Thunder Mountain elementary had the lowest amount of students up-to-date on their vaccine, with 89 percent of kids.
“The more students in our school district immunized for measles, the less likely we're going to have measles, and that protects the other kids who cannot get the vaccinations,” said Katie McKew, immunization coordinator for District 51.
The health department said a good goal is to have 93 percent of the population immunized. Colorado has reported one case each year from 2014 to 201, and one so far in 2019.
“Just because these diseases aren't around in Mesa County right now, doesn't mean that they don't have the opportunity to come around here," said Andy Tyler, epidemiologist.
The health department recommends anyone who got the shot before 1968 to get re-immunized.