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Safeway offers measles vaccinations without appointment for adults and children, 5 and older.

With a growing number of confirmed cases of measles in Oregon and Washington, Safeway and Albertson's pharmacies are offering vaccinations at many locations in Oregon and Southwest Washington, including Madras.

According to the Center for Disease Control, "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," the CDC noted. 

Measles is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly. Here are some facts about this disease: 

- About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.

- 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage.

- The last measles death in the U.S. was in 2015.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine available to help protect against measles. The MMR vaccine provides longlasting protection against all strains of measles and is currently available.

At the Madras Safeway:

- No appointments are necessary. Walk-ins are welcome. 

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

- All children (5 years and older) and adults are eligible to receive vaccinations from the pharmacists.

- Insurance billing is available (most insurances accepted, ask the pharmacy for details).

- Private pharmacy rooms available in many locations.

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