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Measles is an extremely contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. So far this year, hundreds of cases have been confirmed in the states across the U.S.
Measles is very contagious and is spread in the air through coughing and sneezing. The virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces or in the air where an infected person has coughed or sneezed. Measles is a very serious illness. Symptoms include:
Link: Latest on measles outbreak from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The best way to prevent measles is to be fully vaccinated. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends vaccinations for:
To schedule an immunization at Essentia Health, please call your primary care clinic.
Immunization records are a part of your electronic medical record. If you are uncertain of your vaccination history, you can check by logging into your MyHealth account (if you're an Essentia Health patient) at EssentiaMyHealth.org or by calling your clinic.
The state has an information system called the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) that can provide immunization records as well.
If you suspect someone in your family has been exposed to measles, be sure to stay home and avoid having visitors until you have talked with your doctor or clinic. Your doctor or clinic will tell you if you should come in for a visit. If you have not been vaccinated, getting an MMR shot within three days of being exposed may prevent you from getting measles.