85 percent of kids age 5 to 18 in La Crosse County have received MMR vaccine
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — New data shows 85 percent of kids age 5 to 18 in La Crosse County have received both doses of the vaccine that prevents the Measles.
A first dose of the measles mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine is recommended for children at 12-15 months of age.
A second dose should come at 4 to 6 years of age.
Measles can lead to permanent hearing loss and even death.
Getting both doses of the vaccine make it 97 percent effective.
“In the United States, we haven’t had any deaths recently, but if you look at other countries where measles are really in an outbreak status, a big outbreak status, there are quite a few deaths from measles,” said La Crosse County Public Health Nurse Joe Larson.
The CDC says 626 cases of Measles have been reported across the U.S. this year.
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