Free Adult Measles Vaccine

measlesYou may be hearing a lot about measles lately. And all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease. CDC has put together a list of the most important facts about measles.

  1. Measles can be serious.
         Some people think of measles as just a little rash and fever that clears      up in a few days, but measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children      younger than 5 years of age. There is no way to tell in advance the      severity of the symptoms your child will experience.
    • About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will       be hospitalized
    • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop       brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage
    • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even       with the best care

Some of the more common measles symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Rash
    • Runny nose
    • Red eyes
  1. Measles is very contagious.
         Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.      It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around      him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. Your child      can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has      been, even up to two hours after that person has left. An infected person      can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the      disease—from four days before developing the measles rash through four      days afterward.
  1. The best protection against measles is      measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting      protection against all strains of measles.
  1. Vaccinated      adults can protect children who are too young to be fully vaccinated. For      a limited time, the Ste Genevieve County Health Department is offering      free measles vaccines for adults. Come in to the health department during      regular business hour to receive your vaccination