MANSFIELD — Richland Public Health is encouraging residents to get vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine due to the recently diagnosed cases of measles in Knox County. While there are no confirmed measles cases in Richland County, Richland Public Health is scheduling two measles clinics for residents to get their vaccine. MMR vaccine administered at these clinics, the Richland Public Health Clinic and all Neighborhood Clinics will be free of charge.
The first clinic is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Three Crosses United Methodist Church, 12 Cleveland Street in Butler from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM.
The second clinic is Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Butler Township Building, 6183 Olivesburg-Fitchville Road in Greenwich from 2 to 6 p.m.
MMR vaccine is available regularly through Richland Public Health Neighborhood Immunization Clinics and the Richland Public Health Clinic, 555 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield. To schedule a Clinic appointment call 419-774-4700. The Neighborhood Immunization Clinics schedule is available online at www.richlandhealth.org or by calling the hotline at 419-774-8115 for dates, times and locations. No appointments are needed at Neighborhood Immunization Clinics.
Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-21 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye and a rash. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill, which may lead to serious consequences.
Local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.
For more information about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov. Additional information about measles is available by calling our Communicable Disease Information Line at 419-774-4542 or visiting our website at www.richlandhealth.org.
Richland Public Health wishes to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of Three Crosses United Methodist Church and the Butler Township Trustees.