Health officials urge Minnesotans to get vaccinations

Third case identified in less than six weeks.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 7:18 PM
Updated: Sep. 18, 2018 7:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are urging Minnesotans to make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date before they travel after the state confirmed a third measles case.

Last week the Minnesota Department of Health identified a case of measles in a 24-month-old child who recently returned from the Middle East, where measles are common.

The Ramsey County child was partially vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella. Officials say the child was likely infectious between Sept. 6 and Sept. 14.

It was the third travel-related case of measles in Minnesota in less than six weeks.

Minnesota saw 75 measles cases in last year's outbreak.

Olmsted County Public Health tells KIMT they don't foresee a widespread outbreak, but say vaccinations are key in preventing the spread.

"Some people can't get vaccinated," Libby Schmidt, the disease control specialist at Olmsted County Public Health, said. "Those too young or those with weakened immune systems cannot get some certain vaccines and so it's really important that in order to protect them, we get vaccinated as well."

Olmsted County Public Helath does have an immunization clinic. Walk-in hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

According to their website, Olmsted County Public Health Services charges an administration fee of $21 for each shot.

The Health Department says measles outbreaks are occurring in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. Officials say anyone who travels to these areas who is not fully vaccinated is at risk of contracting measles.

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