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Measles 



Measles outbreak details

There is a measles outbreak in central Ohio – cases continue to grow among people who are unvaccinated. Currently, there are no cases of measles in Lorain County. Protect your family with a measles, mumps, rubella vaccine - also called a MMR vaccine. Contact your healthcare provider or Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) with questions about how to prevent measles in your family.

About measles 

Measles is very contagious and can be dangerous - especially for young children. It can make children so sick that they have to go to a hospital. Measles spreads in the air through coughing and sneezing. The best way to prevent measles is with a MMR vaccine.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and rash. If you have these symptoms and you’ve recently traveled to where a measles outbreak is happening or spent time with people from that region, call your doctor. Stay home and avoid having visitors until you see a doctor. 


Prevent measles 

Ensure your child is up-to-date on vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention recommends that children get two doses of a MMR vaccine:

  • 1st dose at 12-15 months of age

  • 2nd dose at 4-6 years of age

Teens and adults should also be up to date on MMR vaccinations.

LCPH offers all recommended vaccines - including a MMR vaccine. Call 440-284-3206 to make an appointment with LCPH or call your healthcare provider. 

Wondering what vaccines you or your child needs? Request a record of past vaccines here at no cost.

 

Resources to share

 

We encourage you to share measles prevention information with friends and families.