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Don’t wait…Vaccinate! Crow Wing County recommends vaccinations after 3 more confirmed cases of the measles

Web posted May 16, 2017
Minnesota Department of Health said Friday that these cases are linked to the original Crow  Wing county case that was confirmed on May 4th.

Crow Wing County continues to work together with the Minnesota Department of Health to prevent the spread of measles through early identification and promoting vaccinations.

“Individuals in the community who were exposed from the first case were quickly identified and notified” said Michelle Moritz, Health Program Coordinator for Crow Wing County Community Services. MDH recommends people who were exposed and unvaccinated stay home from school, work, childcare and large gatherings for 21 days while they are monitored for symptoms of measles. Exposed people who need health care should call before going to the clinic or hospital. Some people who were exposed have now been vaccinated but still need to remain on exclusion for the full 21 days. “The new cases followed MDH recommendations and therefore community exposures would be minimal, if any.” Moritz said. Since Mid-April, a total of 54 cases have been identified in Minnesota, 4 of which are in Crow Wing County.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It can lead to hospitalization and death. Measles spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by a rash that typically spreads from head to the rest of the body. A person with measles can pass it to others from four days before their rash appears to four days after it appears. Those experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider to determine if they should be seen in the clinic or emergency room. This notification will help providers be prepared to provide care and reduce exposure to others.

Measles can spread very easily among unvaccinated people, so the best way to protect yourself and your community is to make sure everyone who is able receives the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Current MMR recommendations:
• All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.

• Crow Wing County children should get their second dose of MMR vaccine as soon as possible but at least 28 days after the first.

• All adults born in 1957 or later who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.

“Our providers in the area have plenty of vaccine available for those that are able to be and want to be vaccinated,” Moritz stated. “We have seen an increase in individuals seeking vaccinations with the majority being children getting their second dose of MMR early per the recommendations.”

Contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated. You can also request vaccination records by calling 651-201-3980. For more information about measles,
visit the MDH website at http://bit.ly/MeaslesMN

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