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National Outbreak of Measles

The impact if you’re exposed and not vaccinated
Post Date:05/08/2019 11:44 AM

measlesThere is a national outbreak of measles. Wisconsin is one of the few states in the Midwest without a confirmed case of measles so far, but health officials believe it is only a matter of time before measles is confirmed in the area.

If you’re exposed to measles and you are not vaccinated, you may not show signs right away. In this case, you could be required to miss work or school for two weeks at minimum even without symptoms.

If you are already vaccinated, the Health Department encourages you to check the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to obtain your records for free. (Look if your record has the MMR vaccine. This is a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella.) Talk with your healthcare provider about your records, vaccination, or a booster.

Infants, particularly those under 1 year of age, as well as those with a weak immune system for reasons such as cancer or advanced age, are particularly vulnerable to measles. If exposed, they are more likely to have life-threatening consequences. Those who work in healthcare or are first responders/EMTs are more likely to be exposed. Due to their high risk for exposure, it is especially important for these individuals to check their immune status.

At this time, the Wauwatosa Health Department does not offer vaccinations for those with insurance.

Call the Wauwatosa Health Department with questions: (414) 479-8936

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