Ottawa residents asked to check vaccine records to prevent local measles spread

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Dallas County Health and Human Services reported its first confirmed case of measles in a Dallas resident since 2017. However, businesses in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan could be affected.

Tehama Health officials said that if the county does not receive any additional cases between now and April 11, the county will consider itself cleared of the threat of additional measles cases. The virus can live in droplets in the air up to two hours after an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

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Ottawa Public Health has confirmed a case of measles in the city.

People with measles symptoms should call ahead before visiting a doctor's rooms or hospital emergency department so that staff can take precautions to avoid the virus spreading to others.

This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

While most people don't experience side effects from receiving the MMR vaccine, some may get a mild fever or redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site, Ryan said.

According to the World Health Organization, while deaths from measles have decreased significantly in recent years, the illness remains common, particularly in developing countries. The infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years old. Those who have not been vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.

Those who have not been vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.

British Columbia is starting a two-month voluntary measles vaccine catch-up drive in an effort to vaccinate 95 per cent of youth before next fall's mandatory immunization registration of students across the province.

In a day to four days, a red rash normally appears on the face and spreads across the body. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you and if it is available. If your child received an immunization consent package but has documented measles vaccine elsewhere, please include this information on the immunization consent form in the space provided.

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