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The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to celebrate recent high school and college graduates by reminding them to stay up to date on vaccinations and make them aware immunizations are the most effective way to prevent illness from vaccine-preventable diseases.
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CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to celebrate recent high school and college graduates by reminding them to stay up to date on vaccinations and make them aware immunizations are the most effective way to prevent illness from vaccine-preventable diseases.
More than 160 cases of measles has been reported in Ohio and ODH says the recent outbreak serves as a reminder to all Ohioans these diseases can be stopped if people are vaccinated.
The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the measles when individuals are fully vaccinated.
“With high school and college graduations and graduation parties leading folks to travel across our state and across the U.S., we want to remind Ohioans to keep themselves healthy at these celebrations and to make sure that they are up-to-date on their immunizations,” said ODH State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. “We need to keep in mind that travel can present opportunities for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles.”
So far ODH has given out more than 13,000 doses of MMR vaccine to combat the measles outbreak. Local health departments have administered 8,240 (approximately 62 percent) of these doses to date.
Symptoms for measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat and a red rash appearing three to five days after the start of the symptoms.
Chronology according to ODH:
For more information about measles, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov.