State health officials in Kentucky are recommending measles vaccinations for children and adults born after 1957 to prevent outbreaks due to a current outbreak in Minnesota. According to Hiram Polk, Jr., MD, and Department of Public Health Commissioner, Minnesota is experiencing its largest outbreak of measles since the disease was officially eradicated in 2000 in the United States. Measles symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes that may be sensitive to light, followed by a rash that typically spread from the face and head downward to the rest of the body over a few days. Measles spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing. The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends that all children age 12 months and older who have not received the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and have never had medical provider advice they were immune to measles get vaccinated as soon as possible. Adults attending post secondary education institutions or working In healthcare settings should receive two MMR doses at least 28 days apart.
Department of Health Urges Kentuckians to get Measles Vaccination
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