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Health officials urge locals to get measles vaccinations

ATLANTA — Due to recent reports of measles cases occurring throughout the United States, the Georgia Department of Community Health is encouraging residents to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

While no cases have recently been reported in Georgia, measles are highly contagious if not inoculated.

“As measles cases continue to occur sporadically nationwide, now is the perfect time to remind Georgians of the role each of us plays in keeping our community healthy,” said Anil T. Mangla, DCH’s director of infectious disease and immunization.

“Getting immunized is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this preventable disease.”

Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR vaccine. All children should receive two doses, with the first dose recommended at 12 to 15 months of age, and second dose at 4 to 6 years.

All adults should receive at least one dose, according to the Department of Community Health.

Symptoms of the measles include fever, runny nose and cough followed within three to four days by a rash that starts at the hairline and spreads over the body. For questions or more information, visit http://health.state.ga.us/epi/disease/measles.asp.