Health Department To Host Second Measles Clinic

A second measles vaccine clinic is scheduled next week at the Bond County Health Department in Greenville.

The immunization is offered to Bond County residents who believe they or their children might be at risk of catching measles.

Melody Helmkamp, clinic coordinator, said the clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. If vaccines are left over a third clinic will be scheduled. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Whether or not you have insurance, there will be no cost.

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The vaccine, which covers measles, mumps and rubella, is offered free.

Persons who previously had measles are immune. If a person does not know if they already had the disease or are immunized, it doesn’t hurt to get the vaccine again.

Clinical Nurse Amy Davis said measles symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, and a rash after 3 to 5 days. White spots in the mouth can also be signs of measles. It is very contagious. The CDC reports if you are in the room with someone who has measles, you have a 90% chance of contracting it yourself. It is airborne and can live on surfaces for hours.

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While appointments are encouraged for the clinic, June 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., they are not required. Call 664-1442 to make an appointment.

Those unable to visit the clinic can still receive the immunization at the health department, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are needed for those times.

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