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Minnesota health officials keeping tabs on measles vaccinations

May 21, 2019 12:57 PM

Health care officials are encouraging children to be vaccinated against measles, but they are also asking adults to look into their own records.

The Minnesota Department of Health says the closest current case of measles is in Iowa. But the illness is extremely contagious and can be spread by coughing or sneezing.

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It was just two years ago that Minnesota had 75 reported cases.

Which is why MDH has been in close contact with certain communities and unvaccinated groups, even reaching out to some schools to keep tabs.

And they are asking those who have not been vaccinated, and those who don't know if they were or can't find the records, to go get another shot.

"It may be easier than digging through the attic to just make sure you know that you had a solid dose of MMR vaccine," said Kris Ehresmann, the MDH's Director of Infectious Disease.


More and more people in Minnesota have been requesting their immunization records in recent years through the Department of Health's Minnesota Immunization Information Connection system.


Ehresmann said if you plan to travel overseas, or even domestically, it's a good idea to be vaccinated, and know where your vaccination records are - just in case.

To request your immunization records from the Minnesota Department of Health's database, click here:


 

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