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Vaccinate your Child with the Measles Vaccine

The measles virus is extremely dangerous, especially for children and babies.
Post Date:02/08/2019 8:28 AM

State Public Health officials are currently investigating several cases of measles in Texas. These cases highlight the importance of immunizing children 12 months and older against measles to prevent from spreading in the community and affect children and adults that have not receive a vaccine against it.

Measles is a preventable childhood disease transmitted from person to person either by inhalation of suspended infectious droplets from a sick individual or when mucous membranes from a susceptible person come into contact with infectious secretions. Children who are not immunized can serve as potential harbors for that disease, putting them and others at risk.  In most cases, the immunizations and boosters are sufficient to provide protection.

The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics for routine use in all U.S. children at age 12-15 months, with a booster at age 4-6 years. If your child is up to date on the state recommended vaccines to include the MMR vaccine, then he/she should be protected.

If your child immunizations are not up to date you should contact your health care provider or the following health care center:

Grand Prairie Preventative Care Clinic
1413 Densman St., Grand Prairie. TX 75051
214-819-2000 or 972-642-5962.
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. every 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. No appointment needed.

To learn more about the dangers of the measles virus, view the Measles Infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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