Important alert: Measles exposure confirmed in Merced County

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As you’ve likely heard, Merced County Department of Public Health has confirmed a probable case of measles exposure within our community. It’s crucial for providers and residents to be informed and take necessary precautions.

Symptoms to watch for

Transmission of this highly contagious disease can occur before the appearance of symptoms, emphasizing the importance of early detection.

Recognizing measles’ initial signs such as fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis is crucial for prompt intervention.

Vaccination resources

To assist with vaccination, the Alliance’s Childhood Immunization Provider Portal report indicates which of your members ages 18-24 months have received their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. You can log in to the Provider Portal at www.thealliance.health/provider-portal.

Please reach out to [email protected] for any questions about the portal reports.

What to recommend to members

The effectiveness of the MMR vaccine has been well-established.

Dr. Salvador Sandoval, Merced County health officer, echoes this sentiment, emphasizing immunization as the most effective means to safeguard against measles and other preventable diseases.

To learn more about measles, visit this Measles One-Pager (apic.org)