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Immunization Considerations

Vaccinations and Immunizations

District Nurses offer some things to consider:
In some of our schools the immunization rate was below 50% when we started encouraging parents to update the children's immunization records. When you watch this video clip you'll see that our students may be exposed to possible measles cases with our proximity being close to Salt Lake City, Utah. Since this video was released, measles cases have increased from 23 to 35 cases.

Vaccines have been proven to be safer now than ever before. If parents don't know where to get their child vaccinated, we encourage them to call the South Central Health Department, their family doctor, or local pharmacies to assist them with their immunization needs.

Parents also need to be aware that after the age of 18 the cost of immunizations goes up tremendously. If a child is planning on attending college or will engage religious service, this could mean hundreds of dollars will be spent. Idaho is a Vaccine For Children state so currently the charge for vaccines is only an administration fee at the Health Department.

 CBS News report on Measles Outbreak

 

We were asked to share this information from the US Surgeon General:

The Nation’s Doctor would like to share a very important message with you about the current measles outbreaks occurring throughout our country.

 Measles is a highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

 

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left.  And what is even more worrisome is that an infected person can spread measles to others even before the infected person develops symptoms—from four days before they develop the measles rash through four days afterwards.

 

The good news is that measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The MMR vaccine has an excellent safety record and is highly effective. It is one of the most effective vaccines we have in our country.

 US Surgeon General's message

 

For More Information:

please visit: CDC