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Are your vaccination records updated? You may want to make sure today! Measles virus has hit 14 states

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The Panhandle health District (PHD) is advising people to check their vaccination reccords with the confirmation of the measles virus in 14 states. The Panhandle health District (PHD) is advising people to check their vaccination reccords with the confirmation of the measles virus in 14 states.
HAYDEN, Idaho -

The Panhandle health District (PHD) is advising people to check their vaccination records with the confirmation of the measles virus in 14 states. PHD wants to verify that people are up to date on their Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Symptoms of measels include rash, a cough, runny nose, eye irritation and fever. Symptoms will appear one to three weeks after exposure to this highly contagious virus. Measels can lead to serious complications including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. Measels spreads easily through any coughing and sneezing, and according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been 102 measles cases in the month of January alone. A majority of these cases are linked to an ongoing outbreak in southern California and most of the people who were infected with measles were not vaccinated.

Mareva Kammeyer, PH Immunizations Coordinator said "It's the most contagious vaccine-preventable disease. Measles spreads rapidly because the virus is airborne, but can also live on a surface for two hours. Generally if one person has it, 90% of the people nearby who aren't immune will also become infected"

An increasing number of people are abstaining from recommended vaccinations and providing personal or medical exemptions for vaccinations. In the 2013-14 school year, Idaho's MMR exemption rate was 4.8% for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 7th grade students. "These unvaccinated students could be at risk, as this measles outbreak continues to spread across the country," Kammeyer continues. "The CDC recommends all kids get two doses of MMR vaccine; the first at 12-15 months of age and the second at 4-6 years. The two doses are 99% effective."

According to the CDC adults should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine unless previously immunized, were born prior to 1957, have been diagnoses by a doctor with measles, or have other medical contradictions for the vaccine. If any adults are uncertain whether they got the vaccine can get one still, since there is no harm in receiving the vaccine a second time. Pregnant women however, should wait until after giving birth to get the vaccine.

If your vaccination records show a need for updates, call your local provider or make an appointment by calling the PHD clinic in your area.

· Hayden: (208) 415-5270.

· Bonners Ferry: (208) 267-5558

· Kellogg: (208) 786-7474

· Sandpoint: (208) 263-5159

· St. Maries: (208) 245-4556

For more information, including recommended child and adult immunization schedules, visit www.panhandlehealthdistrict.org 

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