Wichita held free clinic Saturday for measles vaccination

WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Health Department held a free MMR vaccination clinic today.

Over 60 people of all ages came through as dozens of volunteers helped them fill out the necessary paperwork before getting the vaccine.

Zakaria Fakir is originally from Morocco and moved the United States over a decade ago.

He says his memory is a little spotty when it comes to what exactly he’s been vaccinated for.

“It’s the main reason I came here, I don’t remember, I’m sure I got plenty of vaccinations as a kid, I can’t tell for sure,” said Fakir.

The Health Department says they had about 700 doses on hand for the public to utilize.

With the latest outbreak of measles, the Health Department advised that everyone needs to be up-to-date on vaccinations.

“It is critical because of how easily it spreads and 90% of people that are exposed to the measles that aren’t protected are going to get the measles,” said Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, Interim Director of the Sedgwick County Health Department.

SCHD said the vaccine normally takes 7 to 10 days to take effect.

For those who missed out on the clinic can still get vaccinated by setting up an appointment with the health department.

The Measles hot-line number is 316-660-7424.

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