Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is raising the alarm over the on-going measles outbreak in Oregon and Washington State.

Saying those are common embarkation points for travel to Alaska, state public health officials are urging Alaskans to make sure that their immunizations are current, including the MMR, or measles, mumps, Rubella vaccine.

The state has more vaccine information online, or, Central Peninsula residents can call the Kenai Public Health Center at 335-3400.

Almost two weeks ago in Anchor Point, a man accidentally shot himself. According to the Alaska State Troopers, he was found in a pool of blood. But he survived, largely because of specialized training the responding troopers recently received from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.