Just released from Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director, Florida Department of Health in Polk County
Here is the most current information to share:
- There are no confirmed cases of measles in Florida residents at this time.
- The most effective form of protection from measles is through vaccination.
- The Department of Health encourages families to help protect their children by making sure they have their children immunized against measles with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
- Individuals who are seeking vaccination should first ask their primary care provider, as many insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine for adults and children.
- The health department offers
- FREE childhood immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
- MMR is available for adults born after 1957 and cost $73 dollars per dose (2 doses needed).
- Insurance is accepted for vaccinations. If patients do not have insurance they will be sent a bill for the cost.
- Children should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age.
- Measles vaccines are offered at our Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Wales, and Auburndale Clinics. Vaccines are also available at our Bartow Specialty Care Clinic.
Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious. It can be transmitted from four days before the rash becomes visible to four days after the rash appears. The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include the following.
- Blotchy rash
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
Anyone who has these symptoms should contact his or her healthcare provider.