‘Minimizing contact’: Amid measles outbreak, some parents taking no chances

first_imgIt was quiet Friday afternoon in the Goss family’s Salmon Creek home, where the only immediate sign that it was a special day was toddler Shep’s new shirt.“Young, wild and three,” it read.Friday was Shep’s third birthday. There were plans to throw a camping-themed birthday over the weekend complete with tents, hot dogs and s’mores cupcakes. But in light of the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County, the family decided to wait until Shep’s half-birthday this summer to celebrate.“This whole thing has spiked my anxiety,” his mother, Christina Goss, said Friday.Christina and Ian Goss, Shep and their 4-month-old daughter Faye are among several Clark County families who reported to The Columbian that they were hunkering down and waiting for the proverbial storm to pass before taking their children out or inviting friends over. Shep is vaccinated, but Faye is still too young to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; babies cannot receive the shot until they’re between 12 and 15 months of age.Other parents with babies worry about exposing their children to the highly contagious virus, which causes a high fever, cough, runny nose and rash.“We’re pretty much minimizing contact with any outside areas,” said Samantha Randall, who has daughters 3-year-old Lily and 7-month-old Lexi. There are no public play areas on the Vancouver-area exposure site list, but Randall said they’re still avoiding those places, just in case.last_img