Things You Should Know
May 05, 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.
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