KHD provides common measles prevention tips

Measles (Photo Courtesy: CDC)
Measles (Photo Courtesy: CDC)

WICHITA, Kansas – With 8 confirmed cases of the measles now in Sedgwick County, the Kansas Health Department is urging people to get vaccinated.

To help prevent the spread of measles the KHD urging everyone to make sure they are vaccinated.

What if you got the shot years ago, is there anything you need to do now?

In most cases any person born after 1957 should be vaccinated with a MMR shot.
This shot normally happens after your first birthday followed by another at age 4.

But what if you don’t know if you’ve had both shots?  Will it hurt to get one as an adult?

A rule of thumb for a booster shot, if you are an adult and you’ve already had your measles shot twice in your lifetime then you should be fine.
If you don’t have any record of getting any shots and you’ve only had it done once then you to go for your second round.

Who are at the highest risk for infection?

High risk includes college students, those who work in health care and day care and anyone living with someone that has been exposed or taking care of someone with a poor immune system.

You can get a free vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella this Saturday at the Sedgwick County Health Department at 2716 W Central between 10a.m. to 2p.m.

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