Due to the current outbreak of measles in Minnesota, Kentucky health officials are recommending measles vaccinations for children and some adults to prevent a similar situation here at home.
According to experts, this current rash of measles cases — the largest outbreak in three decades — could be due to travel between a Minnesota Somali-American community and their home country. The majority of the recent cases involve unvaccinated children.
“Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death,” said Sally J. Wheeler, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Clarksville. “It spreads very easily among those who aren’t vaccinated — just being in the same room with someone who has measles can get you infected.”
Symptoms of measles
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- High fever
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes that may be sensitive to light
The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends the following to prevent measles
- All children ages 12 months and older who have not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get the first dose as soon as possible. A second MMR dose is routinely recommended between age 4 and 6 but can be given as soon as 28 days after the first dose.
- Adults born during and after 1957 who have never received an MMR vaccine and never had a medical provider indicate they were immune to measles should get the vaccine as soon as possible. Adults attending college or working in a health care setting should receive two MMR doses at least 28 days apart.
- Children 12 months and older and adults planning to travel internationally should receive two MMR doses at least 28 days apart. Infants should receive one dose of MMR before leaving the U.S.