Protecting families against measles outbreak during National Infant Immunization Week

The disease starts with a high fever but can quickly escalate to rashes, other serious illnesses, brain damage, and even death.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 8:38 AM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 2:59 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Measles are making a comeback. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, there have been over 700 cases of measles in the U.S. this year alone. Two cases have been confirmed in Iowa.

The disease starts with a high fever but can quickly escalate to rashes, other serious illnesses, brain damage, and even death.

Dawn Beck is the Associate Director of Olmsted County Public Health. She encourages parents to protect their kids by getting the MMR vaccination. The message couldn’t come at a more appropriate time with April 27-May 4 being National Infant Immunization Week.

“It's much safer to get vaccinated than to get the actual disease. Because the long-term impact of some these childhood diseases can be very serious and sometimes deadly," she said.

Many people don’t believe in vaccinations, commonly believing that they can actually be harmful. But Beck said this isn’t the case. According to the CDC, the measles vaccine is 97% effective.

For Beck, it’s her daily work that made the decision to get her now adult kids immunized a no-brainer.

“Knowing what I know about public health, I knew it was my responsibility as a parent. And in my heart, I knew I wanted to protect my kids from those deadly diseases,” she said. “Parents! Take responsibility for your child, for your community, for yourselves, Just make sure your family's safe.”

Kids should get the MMR vaccination around 12-15 months old. They should then get a second dose around 4-6 years old. 

Most insurances cover the cost of vaccines. However, there are free and low-cost options available. People in need of these options are encouraged to ask their physicians about them.

National Infant Immunization Week turns 25 this year during a measles outbreak. It started back in 1994 because of the spreading of the same disease. To learn more about the week click here.

To learn more about Measles and how to stay protected click here.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 926931

Reported Deaths: 9740
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Hennepin1809132056
Ramsey749811054
Dakota68505591
Anoka64961589
Washington41119367
Stearns34021287
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Scott26281188
Wright26260226
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Carver1687671
Clay12219108
Blue Earth1162171
Rice11578139
Crow Wing11318124
Chisago1005281
Kandiyohi9913108
Otter Tail9908130
Benton9174128
Beltrami8249100
Goodhue822699
Douglas7967101
Itasca779999
Mower740049
McLeod723384
Winona715158
Isanti711085
Steele695034
Morrison678681
Becker631675
Polk608987
Freeborn569947
Carlton552577
Mille Lacs539479
Lyon532961
Nicollet528561
Nobles527954
Pine521143
Cass505255
Todd496443
Brown473661
Le Sueur464736
Meeker437960
Martin391344
Waseca381433
Wabasha380110
Dodge366412
Hubbard357649
Roseau320532
Fillmore310115
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Houston275317
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Rock178429
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Marshall154822
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Wilkin122016
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Reported Deaths: 7379
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Linn32838430
Scott27126295
Black Hawk22334382
Woodbury20736263
Johnson20150108
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Pottawattamie16215214
Dallas15573115
Story1398059
Warren8637107
Cerro Gordo8141125
Clinton7928115
Webster7419124
Des Moines7153106
Marshall675494
Muscatine6717117
Wapello6546145
Unassigned64520
Jasper630591
Sioux622477
Lee5977106
Marion567697
Buena Vista503449
Plymouth493388
Henry427155
Benton414760
Jones413564
Bremer403873
Boone397042
Washington395464
Carroll373355
Mahaska372366
Crawford355647
Jackson324047
Dickinson317555
Buchanan312743
Delaware303255
Clay297636
Kossuth293477
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Hardin289253
Tama282878
Page276133
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Cedar269527
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Hamilton262757
Floyd261049
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Mills225330
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Lyon209842
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Shelby199542
Union197141
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Grundy186137
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Mitchell184343
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Louisa178653
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