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Safeway and Albertsons stores say they have plenty of vaccinations in their pharmacies.

With the number of cases of measles hitting 49 in the Vancouver area and exposure sites confirmed in East Multnomah County, local Safeway and Albertsons stores say they have plenty of vaccinations in their pharmacies.

The shots are available for children 5 years and older and adults.

Vaccinations are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

No appointments are necessary but you might want to confirm availability with the pharmacist. The store will bill your insurance, but ask the pharmacy for details. 

Local stores and the phone number of the pharmacy include: 1455 N.E. Division, Gresham, 503-492-7279; 25691 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, 503-667-9003; 451 N.E. 181st Ave., Portland, 503-667-9878; 1001 S.W. Highland Dr., Gresham, 503-667-9305 and 2501 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale, 503-674-7006.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: "Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected."


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