Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
WIC Guidance related to Measles Outbreak
The current measles outbreak in Oregon and Washington raises questions about what parents should know in order to keep their children safe and what they should do if they have a child with a WIC appointment.
It is safe for anyone who is immune to measles to come to WIC for their appointment. People are considered immune to measles if any of the following are true:
You are a pre-school age child with one measles vaccine (MMR - measles mumps, rubella)
You are a school-age child (K-12) or adult who has had two measles vaccines (MMR - measles, mumps, rubella).
You were born before 1957.
You have had measles disease (diagnosed by a health care provider and confirmed with a lab test) or you have had a blood test that shows you are immune to measles.
The health department in your area will know if there have been any confirmed cases of measles in your area.
Families should be encouraged to keep their appointments if you are in an area that is not impacted by this measles outbreak.
If your area is impacted by the measles outbreak:
- Consider the impact on your agency when deciding if it is best to re-schedule appointments or to find an alternative appointment option.
- When asked if it is safe to come to the WIC clinic, ask about the participant’s immunization status (you can check in TWIST). If they are immune to measles, encourage them to keep their WIC appointments. This will include most adults and children over age 1.
- Follow Policy 601 – Physical Presence at Certification for guidance on when unvaccinated WIC participants scheduled for a certification or recertification appointment does not need to be in the office for the appointment. Completing the certification over the phone may be an option in those cases.
- Unvaccinated WIC participants scheduled for mid-certification health assessments or other individual appointments do not have a physical presence requirement. Consider completing this appointment over the phone and making arrangements to get weight and heights from the doctor or schedule them next month to collect those measurements.
For more information about the measles
About the Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), is a program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breast feeding support, nutritious foods, health screening and referrals.
WIC Works Wonders!
Women in the WIC program eat better, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.
Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and grow and develop better.
Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, visit their doctors regularly and receive their shots.
Applying for WIC
To apply for WIC, call 541-883-4276 to schedule an appointment. When you come for an appointment, please bring the following:
- The child/children who have the appointment
- Identification for yourself and each child
- Verification of address (bills or other mail, OR driver’s license etc.)
- Verification of income (pay stub, OHP card etc.)