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County residents urged to vaccinate against measles.

Byline: Matt Cooper The Register-Guard

Following the confirmation of measles in a Jackson County resident, Lane County Public Health Department officials are reminding residents to get vaccinated to prevent the very contagious viral disease.

"Lane County has a significant number of people who have chosen not to immunize themselves or their children. We are particularly concerned about these vulnerable families and those that come in contact with them,' said Betsy Meredith, Lane County Public Health nursing supervisor. `Measles is one of the most highly contagious infectious diseases with potential for serious complications.'

Measles is spread by coughs or sneezes. Initial symptoms are fever, cough and runny nose, followed by a rash over the head and face, working its way down to the hands and feet.

Measles can cause diarrhea, ear infection, seizures, pneumonia, brain inflammation and death.

Children should have their first MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination on or after 12 months of age, with a second MMR given after age 4 and before beginning school.

Adults born after 1956 in this country probably have received one dose of MMR. Adults at increased risk of measles should consult their doctor or the health department about whether to get a second vaccination.

Immunizations are given from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, on a walk-in basis at Lane County Public Health, 135 E. Sixth Ave., Eugene. For more information, call 682-4041.
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Title Annotation:Health; In light of a recent case of the disease, health officials warn people who aren't immunized that they're vulnerable
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 15, 2006
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