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Measles vaccine is safe, effective

Posted on Aug. 2, 2013 ( comments)

Measles is back in the headlines this summer, with several confirmed cases in Western Washington, Florida and California, as well as an outbreak in Brooklyn, NY, that is the largest outbreak in the U.S. since measles elimination was declared in 2000.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease, and is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable death among children across the globe – the majority of which are among children younger than 5 years old.

Most primary measles cases in the U.S. are from unimmunized children who leave the country, and then came back and spread it to people in the United States. Many people – including babies and cancer patients – are unable to get the vaccine, and are the ones who are put at risk when others choose not to vaccinate.

Luckily, the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is very effective and very safe, and is available at your primary care provider’s office or at one of our mobile immunization clinics.

The Mobile Immunization Clinic provides free immunizations to all children from birth through 18 years of age. The clinic provides all vaccines that are recommended by the CDC.

Immunizations are provided at Boys and Girls clubs, community centers, WIC offices, and schools.

The Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization van travels throughout Pierce County. Click here for addresses and phone numbers of the different sites.

Vaccines are also available at the Mary Bridge campus by appointment- call (253) 792-6630 to schedule.

Posted in: In the News | Kids' Health

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Carolyn Cook, RN, MSN
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