January 2019 Measles Outbreak

NOTE: Contact us immediately if you notice measles symptoms, even if you or your child has been immunized. We’ll help come up with a plan to safely see you without exposing other families.

What do I need to know about the current measles outbreak?

As of January 22, 23 cases of measles have been diagnosed in Clark County. Children and adults can contract measles if they have not been properly immunized. More cases are suspected and may have been contracted at one of several locations in the region. For a current list of cases and possible sites of exposure, you may want to contact your local county health department – see contact information below.

A list of sites where individuals may have been exposed can be found here

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious virus, which is spread through the air and can linger for up to two hours after the infected individual has left the area. Those who have not been vaccinated are at risk for contracting the virus, which can cause serious illness. Nearly all of the individuals currently included in the outbreak were never immunized; all but one are children.

What does measles look like?

These symptoms typically appear one to three weeks after exposure:

·       Fever

·       Cough

·       Runny nose

·       Red, watery eyes

·       Blotchy, red rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body

Measles can cause pneumonia, and rarely, infection and swelling of the brain, which can be serious. The virus is contagious before any symptoms show, and continues to be contagious for up to four days after the rash has appeared.

What can I do?

Measles can be prevented with proper immunization – even after exposure. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective, and is highly efficacious at preventing serious illness. If you are concerned and have not had your child vaccinated against measles, or have not been vaccinated yourself, please call and schedule an appointment today.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine provide full vaccination against measles, and the risk of your child getting sick are minimal. Those who have not been vaccinated and have compromised immune systems, are under the age of one, or are pregnant are most at risk for complications if they contract measles.

Should I call my child’s doctor?

We’re happy to answer your questions if you simply have concerns or would like to discuss scheduling an immunization.

Contact us immediately if you notice measles symptoms, even if your child has been immunized. We’ll help come up with a plan to safely see you without exposing other families.

Contact information for your local Health Department

·       Clackamas County Public Health: (503) 655-8411

·       Clark County Public Health: (360) 397-8182

·       Multnomah County Public Health: (503) 988-3406

·       Washington County Public Health: (503) 846-3594

·       Yamhill County Public Health: (503) 434-7525

2019 Open Enrollment time is upon us!

We understand you may be shopping for Individual Plans or making health plan decisions through your employer sponsored benefits. We have made every effort to formalize our contracts with the carriers so that when you search the Provider Networks you will be given the most current In-Network status of our providers. Sellwood Medical is not certified to discuss your health plan questions.

We’re very happy to announce that Sellwood Medical Clinic is now certified as a Medical Home* – which means we expanded our In-Network Provider status with many more insurance plans in 2019. 

Here are just a few:

We continue to be In-Network with many of the larger Networks that are available, as well as many other National Networks:

* The medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It is a place where patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff. Above all, the medical home is not a final destination instead, it is a model for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a patient's needs.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2019, our adult care providers at 8332 SE 13th will no longer be accepting CareOregon. This primarily impacts patients of Dr. Wright, Merinda Sterner and Leslie Gregory. Please call CareOregon to get reassigned to another provider or contact us if you have any questions.

Open Enrollment 2019


Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Information

NOTE: People exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated almost always get measles

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known. It is a virus that mainly spreads by direct contact with airborne respiratory droplets. For example, if someone who is contagious coughs or sneezes near someone who is susceptible, the susceptible person is very likely to get measles. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been—even if the person is gone!


The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.

Measles typically begins with:

•       high fever

•       cough

•       runny nose

•       red, watery eyes

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

All reputable studies have found no link between MMR vaccine and autism.

Sellwood is our home and a wonderful place to grow up. To protect our children and our neighbors children we are advising that ALL our age appropriate patients (one year and up) receive a dose of MMR, and we are recommending a second dose for those over the age of 4 years unless unable to do so due to medical concerns.