Ohio Urges Vaccines Amid Measles, Mumps Outbreaks

Source: Akron Beacon Journal


Health officials in Ohio are calling for all state residents to make sure they are vaccinated against measles and mumps. Graduation celebrations and the start of summer travel can help spread such diseases if people do not make efforts to prevent transmission. At least 396 mumps cases have been confirmed in an outbreak in central Ohio. There also have been 164 confirmed cases of measles in a separate outbreak that started among Amish who had traveled to the Philippines, where an epidemic is ongoing. One hundred of those cases occurred in Knox County. The Ohio Department of Health reported that it has distributed more than 13,000 doses of the MMR vaccine, and that local health departments have administered more than 8,000 doses so far.

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