February 23, 2015
Lafayette County Health Department to hold Measles Vaccination Clinic on March 5th
From January 1 to February 20, 2015, 154 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Measles is a serious disease. It spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated. Unvaccinated people put themselves and others at risk for measles complications such as pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death. This outbreak is not because the measles vaccine doesn’t work but rather because of it not being used. The majority of people who got measles in this outbreak were unvaccinated.
Most school aged children in Lafayette County have received 2 doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The first dose is given at 12 months of age and the second upon school entry at 4-6 years of age. It would help if all children who are able to get vaccinated would do so. This increases the “herd immunity” and decreases the risk of measles to the community. It would also help if all adults who are not immune to measles were vaccinated.
The Lafayette County Health Department is encouraging you to check your immunization record to see if you have received the MMR vaccine. Here are some key points:
- Adults born prior to 1957 are generally considered immune to measles. They will not need to be vaccinated.
- Adults who may have received an earlier ineffective measles vaccine prior to 1968 or who are unimmunized because they graduated from school prior to mandatory measles vaccination should be vaccinated. (School requirements in Wisconsin began in July 1975.)
· Many adults have had only 1 dose. Receiving 2 doses of the vaccine is 97% effective in preventing measles.
· Pregnant women should wait until after they deliver to receive the vaccine.
- The MMR vaccine is a routine vaccine that can be received at your primary medical provider’s office or at your local health department.
The Lafayette County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30AM-6:00PM for anyone in need of the MMR vaccine. There will be no cost for the vaccine but a free will donation will be accepted. Please call (608)776-4895 to schedule an appointment.
Department of Health Services
Scott Walker, Governor
Kitty Rhoades, Secretary
For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Miller
January 23, 2015 (608) 266-1683
MAJOR MEASLES OUTBREAK AT DISNEYLAND SHOWS WHY VACCINATIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT!
Families urged to include vaccinations in spring break plans
MADISON – A recent outbreak of 70 measles cases traced to Disneyland shows that it’s a small world after all, and health officials are encouraging families to make sure they are current on all recommended vaccinations, especially before any spring break trips.
“One of the best ways to protect the health of our families is to get vaccinated against diseases that can do far more than ruin a family vacation, but can also cause serious illness and complications,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “By getting vaccinated, we are looking out for our children’s classmates, people we work with, our neighbors – our communities.”
The measles outbreak affected not only Disneyland visitors from several states, but also children and employees in nearby counties who were potentially exposed. The theme park is discouraging families who are not vaccinated from visiting. “This outbreak reminds us that vaccination is always important, whether families plan ‘staycations’ in Wisconsin or head to out-of-state destinations,” McKeown said.
Measles begins with cold-like symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, high temperature and red, watery eyes. By the second day after onset, a red, blotchy rash appears at the hairline and spreads to the arms and legs. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.
To check on which immunizations you and your family need, visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR)
Information on vaccine-preventable illnesses.