22nd MDG offers vaccination against Measles to Team McConnell

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Currently there have been no cases of Measles identified in Sedgwick County; however, the 22nd Medical Group clinic offers vaccinations if a dependent, retiree, guard, reserve or active-duty member requires the vaccine after contracting the virus.

Recently, 13 cases of Measles have been identified in Eastern Kansas with the source of the outbreak from Johnson County Daycare. There have been two other accounts from Miami County and Linn County as of March 28, 2018.

Symptoms of measles typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin a rash develops and usually starts on the face at the hairline and spreads down to the neck, trunk, arms and legs.

According to Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the best way to prevent measles is to get the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. If you have had measles or have been vaccinated, your risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. 

“People who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms are urged to stay at home unless they are seeking medical care,” said KDHE. “Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff.”

For questions call Public Health at 316-759-5167.

For more information about measles, please visit http://www.kdheks.gov/epi/measles.htm or http://www.cdc.gov/features/Measles/index.html