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.
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.
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.
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