Vermont health officials urge measles precautions

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“I have never seen measles as an infectious diseases clinician. But, I am essentially just waiting for when it happens,” said Doctor Tim Lahey.

An infectious disease clinician for the University of Vermont Medical Center, he says, it’s only a matter of time. As of May 10th, there haven’t been any reported cases of measles in Vermont.

So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 764 individual cases as of May 3rd.

Commissioner Dr. Mark Levin for the Vermont Department of Heath says, “We have the ability to stop vaccine-preventable diseases.” “In the midst of a national epidemic, now is the time for Vermonters to do all they can to protect themselves and prevent an outbreak from occurring in our state.”

Cases of measles have been reported in neighboring New York & Massachusetts.

In New Hampshire, an international traveler was diagnosed earlier this year. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services, no residents from the Granite State have been diagnosed.

“Most places in Vermont have good high rates of measles vaccinations, 94.5% across the state,” said Dr. Tim Lahey.

Though he did point out to two Vermont counties that are falling short of the high rate of vaccinations, Grand Isle & Lamoille Counties.

Those two counties are the most likely to see a measles outbreak.

Dr. Tim Lahey recommends you and your loved ones get vaccinated.

“Most people get immune by having an up to date vaccination series,” he said. “You can check with your doctor to make sure that you got the right kind of vaccination.”

If you are unsure of your vaccination status, he highly recommends you talk with your primary care provider.

“If you or your doctor are not sure if you’re immune, there is actually a really simple, safe blood test,” he said. “That blood test can tell you if you are immune.”

But the biggest take away is to know the correct facts. “Do what trusted people like nurses, doctors, and scientists say you should do. Not just some page on the internet.”

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