As of today, April 27, 2017, 25 cases of measles have been diagnosed in Minnesota. All the cases are in children between 10 months and five years old. Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air. It is not a disease that stays within a certain population or within a certain community. Measles is a potentially, serious disease for all children and adults who are unvaccinated. There is no specific treatment for measles.
Symptoms of measles appear 8 to 12 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. A rash usually appears 2 to 3 days after the fever begins. It starts at the hairline and moves down the body. Complications can be severe and include diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia or acute brain infection that can lead to permanent brain damage. Pregnant women are at risk of premature labor, miscarriage and low birth weight infants. Call your doctor right away if you or your child has symptoms of measles.
All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not have a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now. Adults who have never had measles nor received the vaccine should get the vaccine now. If your insurance will not pay for the MMR shot or if your child’s insurance is Medical Assistance or PrimeWest they can get the vaccine free from your clinic or from public health.
Measles is highly contagious and easily transmitted so we all need to be alert and informed. Remember this is about unvaccinated children; it’s not about the Somali community.
Please go to this MDH site for more information. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/measles/measlesfacts.pdf
Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Minnesota is currently experiencing a measles outbreak. Although this outbreak started in Hennepin County there is now a case in Stearns County. What parents can do right now is to make sure their children are up to date on their immunizations. If you are not sure of your child’s immunization status, check with your clinic or local public health. Immunizing your child not only protects that child but helps prevent the spread of vaccine preventable disease to children who cannot be vaccinated. There are children who are too young or immune compromised to be vaccinated, they rely on the people around them to be vaccinated, which helps to prevent the spread of disease. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can be serious for young children. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Don’t let the cost of vaccination prevent you from taking your child in for vaccinations. Ask your clinic or local public health about the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program, children up to age 18 can get vaccinations at low cost or free.
If you think that you or your child may have been exposed to the measles or may have measles, stay home and call your clinic before going in, they will tell you know what to do.
For more information; www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/disease/measles.html
Horizon Public Health is currently in the process of completing a Community Health Assessment for Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties.
A Community Health Assessment is a local health assessment focused on collaborative and comprehensive data collection and analysis. Data collection can come in many forms including review of public data, surveys, key informant interviews, open forums, as well as other community input and observation. From this assessment, priority health needs and issues are identified and a plan is developed with goals to address these issues. In partnership with community partners and providers, Public Health works to develop and look at strategies that can be implemented into action to improve the health of our communities.
If you would like to learn more about the process or share your thoughts and perspective to help support the Community Health Assessment process, please contact Kelsey Peterson at Horizon Public Health. She can be reached at 320-208-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a proud moment for Horizon Public Health on the evening of Wednesday, October 7 when Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger presented awards to two Horizon Public Health recipients.
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick orinjured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.
Many have said that the work of Public Health in the community is the “best kept secret” intown. So while we go about our daily work, often in ways you might not see, Horizon Public Health would like to uncover for you a little about where you might meet up with us in the community.