Limited supply of free measles vaccine made available

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) is offering a limited supply of free Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to the public.

The recent diagnoses of a measles case in Stillwater has prompted public health officials in Oklahoma urge the public to check their family vaccine records to make sure everyone is up-to-date.

OCCHD’s epidemiologists are working with Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and the Oklahoma State Department of Health regarding information that the patient was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday, March 12th. The flight landed in Oklahoma City at 9:30 p.m.

Passengers on that flight are being contacted. Will Rogers World Airport is also reaching out to all employees who were working at the time of the possible exposure.

OCCHD’s Clinical Services will be offering a limited supply of no cost MMR vaccine to the public at the NE 23rd & Kelley clinic on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

OCCHD clinicians also will give free vaccines to impacted airport employees at the airport this Sunday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The incubation period for measles is seven to eighteen days.

Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.  Toddlers can receive MMR shots as soon as they reach their first birthday.

Public health officials recommend all children receive two doses of the vaccine, with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and a booster at 4 to 6 years of age.

Oklahoma state law requires measles vaccine for all children attending childcare and school in Oklahoma. Adults born in 1957 or later who have not already been vaccinated should get at least two doses of MMR vaccine.

The vaccine is available by grant, private pay, or throught the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program at OCCHD Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m to 4pm, or Friday, 8 am to noon.

Those who wish to receive the vaccine can go to their South clinic at 2149 SW 59 in or the Northeast Clinic at 921 NE 23 in OKC.

You can find more information from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department here.

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