Measles outbreak in Canada provides warning to E. Wash.
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- An outbreak of measles in Canada is a reminder to see if your child is vaccinated against the disease.
Although rare, outbreaks have happened in the Tri-Cities.
Back in 1990 three people died from the measles in the Lower Columbia basin.
While there is a childhood vaccine against measles, some parents choose not to get it for their children. And that's especially true in some European countries; the thought is all those travelers coming into Vancouver for the Olympics started a measles outbreak. More than two dozen people have contracted the illness in British Columbia.
Health leaders warn measles could spread down into Washington because it only takes one infected person to come to town and start an outbreak of their own. They also warn if you are planning to go to British Columbia, to make sure you have been immunized and have written proof if you can.