MN Measles Outbreak - As of May 5, 2017
Minnesota is experiencing the largest measles outbreak in more than 20 years. The outbreak began in Hennepin County in a population of unvaccinated children. There is a concern that it will spread to other areas of the state. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from the coughing and sneezing of an infected person.
As of May 5, 2017 there are 44 confirmed cases of measles and 11 of these children have been hospitalized. Many people with measles have complications like diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, or acute encephalitis (brain infection that can lead to permanent brain damage).
Public Health’s objective is to assess and promote the health of our residents. After reviewing the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination levels in our area, the data shows several children and adolescents could be at risk for getting measles. All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a MMR vaccine should get it now. MMR vaccine is given to children in two doses. The first dose offers good protection, and the second dose provides extra security.
Countryside Public Health encourages parents to check their children's immunization records, and if needed schedule an appointment with your medical clinic today for your child to receive the MMR vaccination. If your child does not have health insurance, Countryside Public Health has the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. The vaccine is free with only with a small administration fee or given regardless of your ability to pay.
Every vaccination is a little victory for the children. For more information about measles or the vaccine please visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/measles.
Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.
Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure a healthy future for their child. It is also important to comply with the MN School Immunization Law.
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
Call your medical clinic to schedule an appointment today for needed vaccines
The MnVFC program is available at area medical clinics and Countryside Public Health for those children without health insurance coverage. Contact your medical clinic or Countryside Public Health at 320-839-6135, or Gloria at 1-800-598-7313, if you need a current copy of your child’s immunization record in MIIC or if you have questions on what vaccines your child needs.