Both the DSHS and the CDC recommend children get 1 dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age, and then the 2nd dose at 4-6 years. If you have any signs or symptoms of measles ou're being urged to contact your doctor before you visit.
DCPH will continue to monitor and investigate any measles concerns within Denton County. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series. For these three suspect cases, specimens are being sent to a specialized laboratory out of state to confirm measles, but it can take more than a week to get the results.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, 79 cases of measles had been reported in the United States by January 31, 2019.
The announcement of this case in North Texas comes after 31 cases of measles were reported last month in Portland, Oregon, most of which occurred in children under the age of 10. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not yet immune could become infected.
Symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and watery, red eyes between seven and 14 days after infection, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.
So far so good say health officials in Yakima.
The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the US that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC.
According to the Bell County Health District, there were four possible cases under investigation. The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox.