Two local health departments offering free measles vaccines - KOAM TV 7

Two local health departments offering free measles vaccines

Two local health departments are encouraging people to check their immunization records for the measles vaccine.

The Newton County and Joplin Health departments are now offering free measles vaccines.  The two departments say there have been no confirmed cases of measles in the area, but there has been an increased number of cases state-wide and across the nation.  

The health departments are recommending any person who has not been immunized and was born after 1957 to consider immunization.

Health professionals say measles is very contagious.

"It's a respiratory disease.  So a person is actually contagious about four days before they actually have the rash.  And it starts with a cough, sneezing, runny eyes," says Patti Yates with the Newton County Health Department.

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