MEASLES IMMUNIZATION PROTECTS RESIDENTS AS NATION, WORLD SEE A RESURGENCE OF THE DISEASE
- Cases of measles are being reported across the
United States and throughout the world.
- Mesa County hasn’t seen a case of measles since
reporting began in 2000, but Colorado has had one reported case of measles each
year in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and now a case in January, 2019. Cases of
measles continue to be reported across the nation.
- Although measles immunization rates have
remained stable since 1994, pockets of unimmunized people exist throughout the
nation, making it easier for this highly contagious disease to spread.
- Measles is often brought back to the United
States after people spend time travelling internationally to places where
immunization rates are low.
- Signs and symptoms of measles usually appear
between 7 and 14 days after a person is infected and include high fever, cough,
runny nose and red, watery eyes.
- Later symptoms include: tiny white spots inside
of the mouth and a flat red rash that starts at the top of the body and works
its way down.
- Immunization against measles is the best way to
prevent the spread of this illness.
- Children need two doses of the Measles, Mumps
and Rubella (MMR) immunization:
- One dose between 12 and 15 months of age, and
- Another dose between 4 and 6 years of age.
- Children younger than five years are at higher
risk for serious
complications related to measles, including death.
- One in
ten Mesa County Valley School District 51 students aren’t immunized against MMR.
- In order to prevent outbreaks, it’s important
for at least 93 percent of a population to be immunized; in this case, only 90
percent are immunized, making it easier for measles to spread.
- In Mesa County, 63 percent of elementary
schools, 88 percent of middle schools, 100 percent of high schools, and 50
percent of alternative schools have at least 93 percent of students up-to-date
on MMR vaccine.
- Adults who were immunized prior to 1968 with
either inactivated measles vaccine or measles vaccine of an unknown type should
- Talk to your health care provider for guidance
if you’re unsure if you need to be re-immunized.
- Adults born before 1957 are considered to be
immune to measles.
- People travelling internationally should contact
Mesa County Public Health to talk about travel immunizations ahead of their
trip to make sure they are protected against all diseases that are prevalent in
the area they intend to travel.
- Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) offers MMR
vaccine. We serve all patients regardless of ability to pay and can help
residents figure out which vaccines they need. Call (970) 248-6900 to make an appointment.