BCHD To Host Two MMR Vaccine Clinics

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Bond County Health Department will be offering the MMR vaccine for free to any Bond County resident who believes they or their child/children could be at risk. Two evening clinics will be held at the health department from 4:30-6:30 pm, one on May 29 and one on June 12. The department encourages appointments, as the vaccine supply will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Measles outbreaks continued to worsen last week, bringing the year’s total so far to 839 cases across 23 states — the highest number of infections since 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The CDC confirmed another 75 new cases of measles across the country. U.S. health officials blame the recent surge of cases — after saying in 2000 that the disease had been eliminated from the U.S. — on an increasing number of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert especially encourages individuals to receive the vaccine who do not fall within the CDC’s protected population. Those considered protected include those with written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

Individual received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and is a school-aged child (grades K-12) or an adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.

Individual received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and is a preschool-aged child.

A laboratory confirmed that they had measles at some point in their life.

A laboratory confirmed that they are immune to measles.

They were born before 1957.

Call the Bond County Health Department today for more information or to schedule an appointment. 618-664-1442.

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