Sauk County recommends measles vaccine amid ongoing outbreaks

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SAUK COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - The Sauk County and state public health officials recommended anyone not vaccinated one years old and older to get a measles vaccination, according to the county’s website.

Several states including Washington, New York and Illinois have ongoing measles outbreaks.

“Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics,” Tara Hayes, health officer for Sauk County, said.

Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and rash. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age.

Generally, preschool children, adolescents, young adults and inadequately immunized individuals comprise the majority of measles cases in the United States, according to the release. There is no specific treatment for measles.

Children should receive their first dose of measles vaccine between 12-15 months of age and another dose at 4-6 years of age. Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine is generally first given at 12 months of age in the United States, but is sometimes recommended for children as young as 6 months of age who are traveling outside the United States or could be infected in an outbreak.

Click to the right for more information from the CDC and the county.