Is Your Measles Vaccination Up to Date?
In light of the current measles outbreak in Minnesota, this is a very good time for people to double-check and make sure that their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccinations, as well as other vaccinations, are up to date.
“We need to recognize the importance of immunizations for everyone and to make sure that children in particular are protected with all of the vaccinations they need,” says Dr. Jennifer Tinguely, Chief Medical Officer for the City of Sioux Falls Health Department.
Ensuring children receive all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the most important things parents can do to protect the health of their children and the community. Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for contracting vaccine preventable diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough. They also may spread such diseases that are serious or potentially life-threatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to other health conditions.
You can find out more about South Dakota’s recommended immunization schedule at doh.sd.gov/family/childhood/immunization/child-schedule.aspx. People can contact their health care providers to check on their vaccination status.
Immunizations for adults and children are available by appointment at Falls Community Health, the City of Sioux Falls Health Department’s public health clinic, at 605-367-8793. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.