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Grocers tout Washington County pharmacies amid preventable Clark County outbreak

All of Washington County's Albertsons and Safeway stores are offering measles vaccines, the company confirmed this week, after a string of confirmed cases of the disease were reported in Washington and Oregon

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over the measles outbreak last week. In the past month, 49 cases of measles have been confirmed in Clark County, Wash., Seattle and in Portland. Nine suspected cases have also been reported.

Measles is a highly contagious virus and is easily spread through coughing and sneezing. One in four people who contract the disease are hospitalized, and in rare cases the disease can be deadly.

A vaccine is available to combat measles, mumps and rubella.

According to Jill McGinnis, a spokeswoman with Albertsons and Safeway, Washington County stores have offered vaccinations against measles for years, but are reminding the public about the importance of vaccinations in response to the outbreak in Clark County.

"We're trying to get the word out," McGinnis said.

McGillis said no appointment is necessary and vaccinations are available seven days a week. Pharmacists can give the vaccinations to children 5 and older and all adults, Many locations have private pharmacy rooms, she said.

Most insurances are accepted, but customers should ask the pharmacy for complete details, she said.

The company operates seven supermarkets in Western Washington County, with four stores in Hillsboro, two stores in Aloha and a Safeway supermarket in Forest Grove.


Hillsboro-area locations:

Aloha

• Albertsons, 6055 S.W. 185th Ave.

• Safeway, 20535 S.W. Tualatin-Valley Highway

Forest Grove

• Safeway, 2836 Pacific Ave.

Hillsboro

• Albertsons, 888 N.E. 25th Ave.

• Safeway, 2177 N.W. 185th Ave.

• Safeway, 2525 S.E. Tualatin-Valley Highway

• Albertsons, 7500 S.W. Baseline Road

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