Minnesota Department of Health: Measles Cases Now at 69

Kare 11, May 22, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Health has now confirmed 69 cases of the measles, three in adults and 66 cases in kids between 0 and 17. Here is a breakdown of the cases:

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Vaccination status:

  • 65 confirmed to be unvaccinated
  • 1 had 1 dose of MMR
  • 3 had 2 doses of MMR

Age:

  • 66 in children (ages 0-17 years)
  • 3 cases in adults

Race/Ethnicity:

  • 59 are Somali Minnesotan
  • 7 are White/Non-Hispanic
  • 3 are White/Hispanic

With the recent surge of cases, health officials are urging children 12 months and older, who have not received an MMR vaccine, to get one immediately. Adults born in 1957 or later, who have not been vaccinated, should also get the vaccine as soon as possible.

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The MDH also recommends all Somali Minnesotan children statewide should have both doses of the MMR vaccine, as long as they meet the age and time requirements between doses.

Typically, the second dose of MMR is given between the ages of 4 to 6, but health care providers say the accelerated vaccine schedule is necessary given the outbreak.

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