Health department gives free doses of Measles vaccine

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WICHITA, Kan. -- After multiple cases of Measles were confirmed in Sedgwick County, the local health department held a free clinic to administer vaccination to stop the spread of the disease.

Sedgwick County Health Department Interim Director Adrienne Byrne-Lutz said the best way to stop the spread of Measles was to get the vaccination. "It is very, very important for people to get vaccinated," she said, "the research supports being vaccinated because it show it protects from so many diseases that can kill."

The health department had 700 doses of the vaccine; around 80 doses were administered in the four hours the clinic was open.

Many adults came to the clinic. Back in the 1970's and 1980's, there was only one shot for Measles. Current standard uses a primary shot and then a booster. Shelly Sanders received the Measles vaccination back in the 70's; she came to the clinic to get the booster shot. "I have my own children at home, I want to make sure that I protect them too...it's a good idea for mom to always be healthy," Sanders said.

The Measles vaccination is 95% effective and only takes 7-to-10 days to protect people after it is administered.


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