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Measles Outbreak: Where to get vaccinated in Leon County

It can be spread through a simple cough or sneeze
Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 17:17:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We're about to break a record, and not in a good way.

The United States is on track to break the record number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated. Just yesterday, there were 71 new cases reported in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far this year, 626 cases have been reported.

That's slightly less than the 667 cases reported in all of 2014.

Both Florida and Georgia are reporting cases, joining at least 20 other states that have previous cases this year.

It can be spread through a simple cough or sneeze.

"Measles is easily spread in the environment, coughing and sneezing is an effective way to spread it," said Kristi Hamilton, Clinic Manager at Leon County Health Department. "And again its an airborne so you want to make sure you cover your cough."

Health officials at the Leon County Health Department say measles begin with a fever, cough and runny nose then you get the rash.

No fatalities have been reported this year, but that doesn't mean to not take proper precautions.

"The very best way to prevent the measles or any vaccine preventable diseases is to get the vaccine," said Hamilton.

To get the vaccine, Hamilton says the best way is to go to your primary doctor.

"You can look at urgent care centers, there's various mini-clinics, like CVS does vaccine services at this point," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says one case has been identified in Florida so far and no reported measles cases in Leon or surrounding counties.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says three cases of measles have been reported in the Atlanta area.