MEASLES 

With the recent Measles outbreak, we are following the guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).  There is currently no guidance to accelerate the MMR vaccination schedule except for children and adolescents residing in Hennepin, Ramsay, and Crow Wing counties and Somali Minnesotan children and adolescents, regardless of county of residence.  Health care providers may recommend an early second dose of the MMR vaccine during routine appointments for children statewide. Should this guidance change, we will notify effected patients of our practice.  

Per the Minnesota Department of Health:

If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles:
Watch for symptoms of measles. Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash develops that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

If you or your child has symptoms of measles:
Call our office right away if you see symptoms of measles. Your doctor will let you know if you need to come in for a visit.

People at high risk of getting measles:
Measles spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.  Areas with low immunization rates are a concern not only for those who are unvaccinated by choice, but also for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health status or age.

For additional information, visit:
Minnesota Department of Health - Measles
How to Protect Your Children During A Measles Outbreak (HealthyChildren.org)