Health department officials urging AL residents to get measles vaccinations

Updated: Jun. 1, 2016 at 5:34 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - State health department officials are urging you to get the measles vaccinations if you haven't done so.

As news comes that at least five people in Alabama have been exposed to the contagious respiratory infection in recent weeks.

The department is not saying that those people have contracted the virus, however, they may have been exposed to it. Officials said in a statement that they've located four people who may have come in contact with the virus at an immigration and customs enforcement center in Arizona.

Now they add that those people don't have symptoms but will be vaccinated and monitored for the next 42 days. Right now they are looking for a fifth person who may have been exposed.

Public health officials say at least 95 percent of people in a community need to be vaccinated for measles to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated, as well people with medical conditions that prevent vaccination.

Here's what you need to keep in mind:

  • Your child should receive two doses of the measles vaccination before the age of 6.
  • As for adults, anyone born after 1956, who has never had or been vaccinated for the disease is at risk.
  • To get vaccinated, check with your county health department or your health care provider.

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