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Measles Outbreak

As you may have heard, there have been several cases of measles diagnosed recently in our area.  Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. 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. It is highly contagious and spreads easily by coughing, sneezing or even being in the same room with someone who has measles.  Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but it is still common in other parts of the world.  Most people in Minnesota are immune to measles either from having been vaccinated or from having had the disease. However, in recent years immunization rates have declined in some communities and groups - often due to fears related to misinformation about vaccine risks. This decline in immunization rates increases the risk - not only for those who are unvaccinated by choice, but also for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health status or age.  This recent outbreak is about unvaccinated children.

Currently children are vaccinated against measles at 12 months of age and again at 4-5 years of age.  The Minnesota Department of Health has recommended that we continue to vaccinate all children as soon as possible after their first birthday.  Due to this outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Health has added special recommendations for all children 12 months of age and older living in counties which have had a case of measles reported in the last six weeks and for all Somali Minnesotan children: These groups should receive their second dose of MMR as soon as possible (rather than waiting until age 4-5 years) as long as it has been at least 28 days since their last MMR. These children will then be completely immunized and will not need a third dose at age 4-5 years. This second dose of MMR as soon as possible can also be considered for all Minnesotan children 12 months of age and older.

More detailed information about measles from the Minnesota Department of Health can also be found at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/measles/measlesfacts.pdf

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